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Bookwriting Blues

So for the 3rd time in the 18 years of my life, I’m attempting to write a book.

My first try was when I was about 5. I started alright, but all the encouragement-nagging-chastising from Mummy just couldn’t get me any further than the last line of the first page. I can’t remember the plot, however, what I do remember is that Mummy ranted for a loooooong period about harnessing my potential, and had some serious explaining to do to my aunty who she had so fervently, pride-fully boasted to...

The second time, I think I must have been about 15. This time, I was determined to finish my 350-page novel, publish it and get the hardcover to read something like “‘Un-putdown-able! A stunning debut from a very promising prodigy!’ – New York Times”. It was basically about some deranged vampire on a killing spree in Accra, who kept his victims necks as mementos, and 5 teenagers who were the only chance of stopping him (Though BNI was definitely more efficient, they didn’t stand a chance). Somewhere on the 4th chapter, however, I ‘lost vim’ and took a break, only to return to my book 9 months later to find it lost to some random computer virus.*sigh* It was not funny.

So a week ago, I decided I want to write a gain. Though I’m somewhere in the middle of the first chapter, I don’t have a complete picture of what the story will look like yet. However, the plot will definitely revolve around teenagers and along with the regular issues of infatuation, ‘peer p’, and rivalry, will delve into some ‘unconventional’ issues that you probably won’t find in your mainstream teen flick. For now, it’s called The Diary Chronicles, but we’ll see what happens along the way...

Right now, I’m battling a week-long-and-still-counting bout of Writer’s Block, but we’ll see how things work out in due time. Do wish me luck!

PS: I was able to write half a song in the shower today, so maybe the muses are falling back in love with me after all. :)

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Nana Yaa Boatemaa said...

Go Tye! I'm sure the muses will stay with you. Will be rooting for you and please do back up what you have written!

Tye said...

Thanks, Nana! And no fears, I've backed up in like 4 different places; taking no chances this time. :)

PS: You can be sure of a special edition, specially autographed version for yourself. ;)

Esi W. Cleland said...

This might help:http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2008/04/16/the-act-of-writing-the-reader/

Juanita said...

Can't wait for the first draft then! Good luck ttowards it. :)

Nana Yaa Boatemaa said...

Aaaawwww and eeeiissshhh for me :D

Myne Whitman said...

I do wish you luck and look forward to reading it. Writing is not an easy task, I sure know that.

Tye said...

Thanks Esi, really appreciate it!

Tye said...

Same here, Nita...looks like its gonna take a while though :)

Tye said...

Lol, Nana! =D

Tye said...

Thanks, Myne, I'm slowly but definitely coming to that realization.

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