…And it didn’t work out.
But keep reading. There’s a good story here.
I’ve got a small confession to make. I didn’t know I wanted to be a book author at 15. I just knew I wanted to tell stories. I had no idea how adults did that and, frankly, I didn’t care. It wasn’t until ten years later that I seriously plotted out how to do it. Step one, get a sketchpad. Step two, get a laptop.
If you read my first article, you’d know I was successful with a laptop. What purpose did the sketchpad serve?
I’ve been doodling and drawing for as long as I can remember. I even got an award for it (6th place at an on-the-spot art contest in school). When I decided to start seriously, I thought I’d draw it in comic form first. It was a lot like story-boarding. I did that until the sketchpad filled with doodles of cars, human figure poses, and other things in my head.
But no story. Not a finished one, anyway.
I’ve read accounts of other writers having finished whole books on nothing but table napkins and left-over flyers. I was so frustrated that even with a sketchpad I couldn’t complete one decent story. And I didn’t want to touch the laptop until I had one.
Eventually I gave up story-boarding and used the laptop exclusively. That was the time I told you I hashed out manuscript after manuscript and never finished. But I kept on because I felt like I was getting better. Each manuscript was getting tighter and quicker, pacing-wise.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I guess I just couldn’t sketch the thousand words. I really had to write them. But when I did, what wonderful moments I had creatively. I don’t know if it meant the medium change did it or if my thought process had transitioned from pictures to words completely but, one thing’s for sure, I was getting somewhere.
And in 2015, I got my first published book.
Try every medium out there. Find the one that fits creatively. Then write away.