GUEST POST: How It All Started… // Author Ren

Here’s the last guest post I said I had planned for you! It was going to be posted in December but my schedule became too full so here it is now! This post was written by Ren, author of The Grim Reaper.


How it all started…

With NaNoWriMo gone and over for 2017, a lot of us will be staring at an odd number of words, hacking through that first draft like a whipper snipper through grass on the first day of summer. But let me ask you all a question: Is this how it started for you? Was NaNoWriMo your first step towards writing? Or was it a little different?

My first step was a sixteen foot fall down a rusted pipe.

Why? Well… I wasn’t a writer. Never was. Writing was my sister’s thing. She’d write a myriad of fanfictions and she was an excellent writer at that. She talked about writing her own original story more than once.

Writing was my sister’s thing.

Reading was also her thing.

Writing and reading were not my thing.

Fourteen years old… I was lost in fantasy, making my own rules, my own characters, my own crazy and complex universes. But these were dreams. These were jotted down on napkins or lost pieces of paper. I made these with help from video games, mangas and animes. I wasn’t much of a novel reader because that was what my mom and my sister shared. And I was ok with that because I had my worlds.

Ten years later, I started to listen… to me. University was close to done. I’d started reading. I was free to be me because I’d grown up and understood that reading could be everyone’s thing. I still dreamed but I also learned to talk. To accept that my crazy wasn’t as crazy as I thought. Because I’d found the crazy that worked with mine. Someone who was ready to listen. The person that would become my best friend told me she’d listen to that crazy idea of mine. And so I told her about my world between two exams and that was when she told me: “I’d read something like this.”

I’d never written anything in my life.

I wanted to write it. I wanted to write it so badly. Just so she could read it, enjoy it, maybe find it a little bit interesting. So I tried. I started writing. And it was the worst mess I’d ever seen. It was nothing like the story I wanted it to be but she still read it.

I told no one. Just kept on putting words on paper.

I wasn’t a writer.

I met Leevi, the flirty lover with a heart that belonged to only one person. I met Greer, the rational and clear-thinking Ranger who ravaged his way from a secondary character to a main one. I met Rebecca, the one who couldn’t wait and hoped for something better.
And then finally, I met Azel, the man who thought he was alone and let the voices inside his head take over only to finally understand that the people around him were there to help.

Azel was me.

And he wasn’t a writer.

But then… NaNoWriMo 2015 happened. And I hopped on the train till the finish line. I wrote, read, edited; wrote, read, edited; wrote, read, edited. I grew tired, restless, frustrated. But my best friend was still there on the side line, rooting for me. I finally told my mom. She told me she would read it. I finally told my friends. They told me they’d read it. I wanted to write this. For them.

But I still wasn’t a writer.

I kept going for two whole years. Until… It happened. I was done. I had actually written a book, bought a book cover, had made it go through beta reading. I was the author of The Grim Reaper. Azel’s story.

My story.

I was finally a writer

NaNoWriMo for me is now something I can’t miss. It’s my one and only chance of pushing myself further. I still read, I still write, I still edit. I’m still me. I’m a writer. I’m even an author. I mean, I’ve got a book published and that can be bought on Amazon with my name on it. But it wasn’t just me… It was everyone around me as well.

It all started with an idea ten years ago…

It all started with the right words…

It all started with understanding who I was…

It all started with the people around me…

It all started with one book…

It’s all it takes. For any one of you out there.


AHHHH!!! I love this post so much. I hope you loved it as well! If you’re a writer, how did writing start for you?

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7 thoughts on “GUEST POST: How It All Started… // Author Ren

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this post omg I absolutely loved the way it was written and it was actually so motivating! I‘ve only just started to seriously write and I get super insecure a lot of the time. I didn’t win NaNoWriMo this year (and I hadn‘t planned to) but it made me want to be more consistent with my writing and I try to write every single day now—even if it‘s just a sentence or two! I definitely want to participate next year and try to start (and finish!) an actual full length novel!

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    1. I know!! When I read the post I had heart eyes. Insecurity is something I still struggle with as well 😦 It unfortunately comes with writing. Writing every single day is something I’ll definitely need to do eventually haha, good luck on that! 😀

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  2. This was such a fantastic post to read! And so wonderfully written!
    I never thought I was a writer (although I was always a reader) but I discovered NaNoWriMo a few years ago and have written three novels since. They aren’t available to the world to read because I think a part of me still doesn’t believe I can really call myself a writer. But one of my goals this year is to self-publish one of my books. I’m going to go back and see if I need any extra revisions and just let it out to the world.
    Anyway, great post! And I’m intrigued by her book too!

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    1. It was very well-written! NaNoWriMo has definitely helped a lot of people discover their love for writing. Props to you for writing THREE novels and thinking of self-publishing! What’s the book about that you’re thinking of publishing?

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      1. Haha thanks! The one I think I might publish (because I like it the best lol) is a sort of YA/NA Post-Apocalyptic Western. Haha I don’t know if that sounds crazy or not but that’s sort of how I’ve come to describe it. 😜
        Anyway, we’ll see. 2018 has only just begun… !

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