I was fourteen years old when I started writing the stories that became the Brenwyd Legacy. In the years since then, I’ve written (and deleted) millions of words… and learned a lot in the process. Hopefully there’s someone out there who can benefit from these writing tips!
- “Before you can create good writing, you need to learn what it looks like.”
– Geoff Rodkey
Read. A lot. My mom read The Chronicles of Narnia to my sister and me throughout our childhood. C.S. Lewis introduced me to the possibility of mixing characters from my own world with a world of fantasy and legends. I write the kind of books that I like to read. Find the stories that really speak to you!
“What you write becomes who you are… So make sure you love what you write!” – J.K. Rowling
You can’t fake it. Researching a person or place is necessary, but the story will only work if you’re truly writing about what you know and are passionate about. The Brenwyd Legacy was an opportunity to explore what already interested me. I could not write stories without some sort of animal interaction. I’ve been in horse barns since I was a baby; I got my first pony at age eight. So it was easy and natural to use riding terms.
- “There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.” – Beatrix Potter
Plan ahead…but allow surprises! Some characters introduced themselves and I simply let them proceed as they needed. But I planned the general story and some intricate details for the entire Legacy before the first book was published.
- “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” – Mark Twain
Write. Revise. Repeat. Even with all the research and planning, the Brenwyd Legacy went through an unfathomable amount of editing. When I was working on Finding Truth, my sister burst into my room and I accidentally deleted two chapters. This unexpected fresh start allowed me to reconsider phrases and plot points that I had glossed over before.
Writing is my way of thinking. In the process, I discover new people and new places. It’s an all-consuming thing sometimes, but it’s always an adventure!