Iorneste and Selka by Zaina
© 2015 Zaina
In March of 2015 I began a writing experiment. I created a blog, posted the first chapter that had been sitting in Google Docs for months, and came up with a series of rules for myself. One chapter a week, no plotting, and a new, original piece of art to go with it.
I really got into it. So much that I dropped everything else out of my life. I am a full-time programmer, and have two kids and a wife. I have a very limited amount of free time, so the only way I was ever going to fulfill on my passion was to make hard choices about how I was going to spend my time.
So I stopped playing video games. I mostly stopped watching TV, and I stopped reading books. This last flies in the face of conventional wisdom, but I didn't want to accidentally adopt the voice of another author while I wrote the book, my first book, and time spent reading was time I couldn't write, so I decided that for this first experiment I would focus, and see where that got me.
For six months I did this, and ended up with 23 chapters, almost 700 paperback pages worth of a character-driven fantasy story, about a dragon and the people in his life. Similarly, I ended up with somewhere around 25 original pieces of art commissioned for the site as well. I posted each chapter on social media, on Twitter, on my Facebook page, even took a hand at setting up a Patreon. On DeviantArt I commissioned several artists, many of which began to read my story, and give me weekly feedback.
And then, just a few weeks ago, I wrote the Epilogue, and the ride was over.
I am sure all writers must feel this way, when the glow of creation is over, and when well-loved characters begin to fade and diminish. The story is most alive when it is in us, when it is fresh in our minds and read for the first time. The glow of writing is like that, too.
Now I am moving into editing Iorneste into a proper book, but I could not give up the allure of writing. I decided I like the weekly serial format, and it seems to produce good results, so for my next trick I'll be writing my sci-fi story about a genetically-engineered interdimensional thief on Wattpad.
I'm still learning the ropes of editing, and my new story could not be farther from the world of Iorneste if I tried (though I kind of did), and maybe it will all crash and burn, but the writing isn't just for you, it's for me.
I just hope you enjoy the things I enjoy.