Hello, and welcome to my blog. As you’ve gathered, my name is Hannah Arlene and I’m a writer on a journey to accomplish my dream of publishing a novel. After years of pursuing this dream in small ways here and there, this last year has been a big one of pushing myself to finally reach for that goal.
When I was ten, my dad sat us down with our fast food dinner and told us things were going to change. He’d lost his job, and money was going to be tight. Though I was young, I understood the hardship it would cause. Then, my imagination stirred and I worried we’d become poor and homeless and lose everything. I didn’t know how to process what I was feeling and I didn’t know how to say it. I turned to something I’d never enjoyed nor imagined I’d want to do (and trust me, I imagined of doing almost everything).
I started to write a story.
It started with a girl who I felt was like me. She became so real in my head, and slowly her family developed. Then, I wrote my first scene. Soon it developed into a chapter, and from that chapter a plot was birthed. Carla, the girl I’d created, was in the same situation as me. Her dad lost his job and she didn’t know how to handle it. In the end, however, they found hope and joy, and from that everything turned out just right.
I hand wrote it in an old school notebook and I numbered them along the way. Enthralled, I wrote and wrote until I reached the end. 100 pages in, I wrapped it all up and was thrilled to share it with everyone I could. I’d discovered something like never before; I’d discovered passion, something I knew I wanted to do with my life. I’d found part of my purpose.
From there, I pursued story after story, most of them simple ideas I shelved for the future. Then, at eleven years old, an idea hit me. A fantasy story. I thought on it for a year, writing down ideas over time, until one day it was time. Again, it started with a character, a young man named Matthias (I was in love with that name at the time and thought I’d name my kid that one day, but I couldn’t wait to use it). A world developed around him, along with his struggles and desires. Little did I know this story would be what I’d be working on for years to come.
After finishing it at around thirteen years old, I shelved it for awhile after realizing I probably wouldn’t get it published that young. I wanted to start on the second one, as it had turned into a series, but I turned into a teenager plagued with my own issues, and writing became a small hobby. I knew I’d pursue it eventually, but by the time I was fourteen I’d set it aside almost completely; my main focus short stories here and there.
I hardly looked at the book during that time, my discouragement my own creation. By the time I was sixteen, it had become an old idea I’d had, though I’d often talk about publishing it one day as a far off dream. Then, I couldn’t take it anymore. I picked it back up, and I revised it for the third time. Then, I revised it again, and then again. Finally, I knew it was time. I knew I had to pursue publishing it.
A dear friend of our family, who is wonderful with grammar and other aspects of writing, edited it for me. The first time I held the printed pages in my hand I almost cried. The crisp pages were surreal to me to see it away from the computer. Then, after my “editor” finished her work, I was even more excited to see the red ink she’d decorated the pages with. This meant the final edit before I pursued an agent and my dream of publication.
While I’m still in the process of getting it published, I’m always getting one step closer. Before I even know it, I’ll be there; I’ll be holding my dream in my hand as reality. Thus, you are reading my personal log of each step of the way. I can say I would not be in the same place without the great support I’ve received, and to know you’re here to further that only makes it better.
That’s only the surface of my story of how I became a storyteller, and I hope you’ll keep reading along to find out more. I won’t spend every moment talking about myself, however, and I look forward to sharing a wide variety of aspects to this website. Again, thank you for joining me here, there, and everywhere!