Monday, January 12, 2015

The First Step

Hello Everyone!

I'll introduce myself properly so that we can get to know one another, since I do want this to be a shared journey. I want us to think of ourselves as friends.

My name is Rika, I am an aspiring writer and the purpose of this blog is to follow me as I go through the trials of trying to get published. There will be failures, success and I do hope we can help one another. I am inspired and won't let anything stop me.

I'll start from the beginning. I was always an avid reader in school but it wasn't until I wrote my first story in fifth grade for a school Halloween project that I fell in love. It consumed me. My imagination that'd always been so vivid would now travel out of my mind and away from my toys and onto paper. The calluses I had on my middle finger from pencils were a trophy for me. I filled notebooks to the brim with ideas, short stories and dreams. Poorly done doodles accompanied the stories but we won't talk about those.

I was told early on that writing was a hobby. Not a real job, not a give up on it.

Later in life I found out that those words are told to so many aspiring writers. How many of them lost out on their dreams? I almost did.

I got my associates degree in Psychology, But it wasn't till I was in my third year of college when I finally broke. I was miserable, my mind was bursting at the seam and the only writing I did were little short stories for my friends and roleplays with my closest of friends. In the end I couldn't take it anymore. I was hungry for the written word and my words weren't getting out, So I switched majors and haven't looked back. I'm much happier now.

I found myself through writing. It was the only thing that could save me; free me in my darkest of times.

I needed it as much as my characters and ideas needed me.

So this journey will begin.

First will be talks about manuscripts, submitting, query letters, rejections, ebooks--you name it! I'm going to do it and blog about it. Hopefully with success.

I won't change myself. I'm still going to be my playful self. Not everything I blog about will be writing related since waiting on responses from Agents or Publishing companies take time! So I'll fill it with random things so we can get to know one another.

Until next time my beautiful dreamers, much love~

Lady Rika

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.
- Oprah Winfrey

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