The First Word – A Journey Into The Unknown

Hi guys! 

I hope that the first week of October has been good for you. 

This week I’d like to talk about my journey into the written word. 

It started when I was thirteen in the third year of secondary school. Secondary is the UK version of High School. This was when I was being re integrated back into the system as I’d been home tutored due to being badly bullied. 

A familiar question writers get asked is where did the inspiration come from to write? 

To this day I’m still trying to figure that one out. 

All I can remember is sitting down at a computer and after exhausting the option to ‘paint’, an application that’s on most Windows PC’S I opened a Microsoft Word Document where my fingers began typing away. 

I felt this incredible buzz that was out of this world. 

Soon, I was spending all the time I could get at school writing. That became my first attempt at writing a novel. 

As most first novels it was a total mess. It didn’t have a theme. It had no real plot line and the characters were hard to read. 

The story was actually a cross over between the movie Bring It On which is a film about cheerleading and the award winning drama Bad Girls about a women’s prison. I was obsessed with the two of them at that age and anyone reading it would be able to tell that. 

I don’t possess a copy of it anymore as it was a part of the school’s system. I did print it out, but I’ve misplaced it somewhere and can’t find it. 

Although it was a total flop it did teach me two things. 

One – it doesn’t matter how you start a novel or piece of writing at the beginning. All that’s important is getting the words down no matter how they come to you. 

Two – to enjoy the creation process. 

So, there you have it. 

Sometimes it’s not about the destination, but enjoying the scenery as you travel. 

Same goes for writing, or any part of life, really. 

Thanks for reading, 

Until next week, 

Blaze

With thanks to Dariusz Sankowski for the image via Unsplash.com. 

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From Reader to Writer: The Books That Inspired Me

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Hi guys!

Today I am going to be talking about the books that have inspired me to write. Although you probably guessed that from the title, right?

Whenever I talk about being inspired by the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling I’m met with the infamous eye roll. It astounds me as to why this is. The books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards and sold over 400 million copies. Not only that but the Harry Potter Series has become the best selling series in history.

I have to admit, Harry Potter wasn’t the sole reason I began writing but over time I have found myself becoming more inspired by her over the years from the book and film releases. I also really admire her for personal reasons and the triumphs she overcame to get where she is today.

I share some similarities with Harry. He found himself without parents and had to live with two people that didn’t have his best interests at heart. Harry did have people thinking of his interests in the shape of Dumbledore who was like a father to him, his Godfather, Sirius and gamekeeper, Hagrid.

  ‘J.K Rowling created seven Horcruxes. She put a part of her soul in every book and now those books will live forever.’ Stephen King said it perfectly. She was Harry without parents, she was Hermoine, the girl who loved books and Ron, not the wealthiest in money but in love he was wealthy by the bucket load.

And the biggest thing I admire her for is her imagination. Thinking up such a legendary game as Quidditch from an argument she had about football has to be the most brilliant thing yet.

Other books that have inspired me to write are The Girl With All The Gifts as seen below. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and 1984 by George Orwell which I have been told on the odd occasion is similar to Pandora’s Kiss but I take that as gospel and not the written word. 

Who has inspired you to be the writer you are today?

Until tomorrow,

Blaze

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