• Maria Sebastian

My Decision to Write

Updated: Oct 4, 2020

If you are wondering what on earth prompted me to start a blog about writing books, well...I give you...drum roll please... my very rational reasons. Ahem.


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Like every other great idea, my idea to write a book hit me in the face like a truck on an empty highway. Completely out of the freaking blue.


It is no exaggeration to say that I spent my entire childhood reading.

No, seriously. I had no friends to play with at home, nor did I want to waste my time doing something that might, god forbid, make me physically healthy.


I had much better things to do, like bawling my eyes out over fictional characters and falling in love with them. Obviously.


Needless to say, books were my best friends.

And paints, of course. I loved painting too.


But I spend the majority of my time reading. I used to visit my school library every day and since each student was limited to checking out one book per day, I used to get my friends to issue books for me. A model student, evidently.


Once I got home, I used to hurriedly take a shower and start reading my book. On some days I missed dinners, on others I forgot all about my homework (well... maybe that was intentional).


Long story short, I read a book almost every single day all through my school life, until class X ( I know, that is a lot of books).


The fantasy genre was my jam. I ate those books up like Popeye ate his spinach.


Unfortunately , I hit a reading slump that lasted for nearly six years right after that. During that self declared “dark period” I read only what was prescribed in my syllabus and consequently completely lost touch with the whimsical side of books and reading.


Then Covid-19 hit the world.


I found out that there were only so many paintings and so much studying one could do without burning out. I wanted something else to occupy my time with.






Ta-dah!


Reading for fun wormed its way back into my life on May 1, 2020.


Since then I’ve completed over 60 books, most of them wordy epic fantasies.


I was hooked, you see. I felt like I was a child again. I had finally given myself permission to read for purely the pleasure that comes along with it.


It changed my life. Again.


Very soon, I started toying with the idea of writing my own book.


I knew it was the right thing to do because I felt ...alive...every time I thought about it. I have butterflies in the stomach, but this time for my own characters and their stories.


However, problems presented themselves cheerfully as the main dish with a side serving of self doubt almost immediately at my private pity party.


Wait, even if I want to write this book, where to start? What process to adopt? Should I write in a book with a pen or on my laptop? How to structure my story? What if no one likes my characters? What if my writing sucks? How to go about publishing it once it is done? How do I find an agent? How do I query? What even is a series synopsis? Will others just make fun of me?


Questions. Questions. Questions.


That is where the idea of starting this blog took birth.


Surely I must not be the only person on earth who is absolutely clueless about breaking into an industry like Publishing without any prior contacts. At this point, I have no mentor, no contacts , no idea what I’m doing.

Nada. Nil. None.


All I have is my love for books and an English Literature degree that has made me semi good at dissecting words on a page.


I thought it might be interesting to document my journey by blogging about my process of writing the first book I’m starting with successful publishing as my end goal.


It might help not just me to stay on track of my goals, but every newbie out there who is starting out on similar lines could benefit from my experiences of stumbling around in the dark. I intend to share my journey along with the writing tips I pick up along the way.


Putting my dream out there makes me feel vulnerable. Yet, I’m counting on you wonderful people out there to keep myself on track.


If I haven’t established it already, I really want to write a book that I would want to read. I want to write something I can be proud of and have fun creating it.


Hope you will join me in my journey to become an author.


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