You have a great idea for a story.
Maybe it’s not a complete idea, but it excites you.
Maybe you don’t have the characters in place yet, but you’re working on it.
Or perhaps you’ve written your first draft (congratulations!) and now you’re faced with taking this large manuscript full of gaps and inconsistencies and trying to put it into some sort of order.
How do you find the big picture and turn your story into that beautifully carved story?
You might have finished your story. It’s ready to be shown to the world and it’s time for you to find an agent, publisher or prepare your work for self-publishing.
It’s scary, I know, and a complex process, whichever path you choose.
Whatever stage you’re at, whatever genre you write, Write into the Woods is here for you.
WITW is run by me, Jenny Lewis, and don’t worry, you’re in good hands.
I’ve been writing fiction since I was a child. I’m lucky. I’ve had years to find my writing voice and discover my chosen genre, but you don’t have to have started writing at an early age. Fiction writing can be undertaken successfully by anyone at any age.
That’s the beauty of it!
I’m a firm believer that while writing rules do exist and should be understood, none of them should be taken too seriously.
Storytelling has been a huge part of humanity for thousands of years. It’s one of the things that has stayed with us through the stone age right through to the modern day.
Are you a weaver of stories?
It’s a wonderful thing to be, but in this age of social media and so many voices, it can be daunting.
Again, I’m lucky that I learned to write when the world was a quieter place.
Still, I would procrastinate by learning about the craft of writing, by searching for articles online and getting inspired and motivated by them.
That’s why I started Write into the Woods.
I want to inspire and motivate you, I want to help you to see through all the voices to your own writing voice and process.
I want to help you find your own writing path.
For some reason, I thought that only adults got published. So, I kept writing and writing, learning and learning.
When I hit 25, I realised I’m an adult (eek!) and there was no longer an excuse (as if there was before).
My first novel took me seven years to write.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Writing your first novel, especially, is not something to be rushed.
It’s something to be enjoyed.
I spent a lot of time researching which publishing path to take.
As a child, I wanted that book deal. I wanted the big traditional publisher and the bestseller status.
Then life got in the way.
My 9-5 background is in admin and marketing, and at that point I was working as a Marketing Executive, when life took a turn.
I quit my job. I went self-employed and worked as a Freelance Administrator and Marketing Assistant, and finally I had the head space to make a publishing decision.
(It wasn’t the going self-employed that gave me this head space, it was the freedom from a toxic job that was making me ill. Don’t feel like you have to leave your job at this point!)
But self-publishing had grown and developed and become more accessible.
Not only was it more accessible but it was viable. Traditionally published, bestselling authors were turning to self-publishing.
Plus, self-publishing offered me something traditional publishing didn’t. Control, to be the decision maker and to build my own business and fiction empire.
So, I chose the self-publishing route.
Which does not mean I won’t try the traditional route one day, or that I don’t stay on top of the traditional process.
I now have four novels published with two more on the way.
I’m at the stage of learning about book marketing, and I’m excited to share with you what I discover.
I’m a fantasy novelist but I love learning and thinking about other genres, and am a big believer in genres mixing.
I may write fantasy but I have a thing for detectives, my characters fall in love, hard, and often my fantastical elements will turn dark.
To find out more about my writing process and get help finding your own writing path, join The Treehouse Club (there’s a free option!) and join our community.
Get started writing or give your writing a push by grabbing this inspiration map of story ideas.
Are you a fantasy fan? Check out my novels over at https://www.jenice.co.uk