A short article about things that influenced my writing
I’m Polish. I live in Poland. I’ve never been to the USA. I have visited UK three times for no longer than a few days. So why the heck am I writing in English? It’s not that I’m an English teacher and I have completed English studies, for sure. It must be something else. I have currently one novel completed, working on my second one. My family won’t read them, they don’t know the language. My friends, well, they know some basic English, but even those who took advanced English on their final tests, had some problems with vocabulary they didn’t understand. And when people ask me why my books are in English, I usually answer, “Well this language is more suitable to write in.” It is. More words, better sounding and it’s the official language of our planet.
But still what made me write? Me, a simple teacher with lots of hobbies and little time for anything. I remember, it was late 2007, I was 23 then and as a horror fan, I was about to watch some long-awaited movie that came out. I don’t remember the title, but it was something about ghosts. Well, after watching it I was never so disappointed. Another movie with ghosts killing everyone one by one only for one or two people to survive in the end. Where are the movies where people oppose them, huh? The same story repeated with many other horrors. Every time, I was lacking something, something that could made the movie better, like different plot twists, different characters, different villains. Then I watched Supernatural series for the first time. To be honest I expected something like a team with high-tech devices to deal with hordes of supernatural things…nothing what I expected. I’m not criticizing the series, I like it how it is, but I first expected something different. And then it happened. I asked myself a very important question; Why not write about what I want to see in other movies or books? But how me, with no writing experience (apart from some short texts for tests), not many books read at that time, can actually create something as huge as a novel. People spent several years working on their novels.
It was during my fourth year of studies when I was dying of boredom gazing into my laptop, I decided to write something. Well, it wasn’t perfect, so I had no choice, but to learn the art of writing. I read around ten e-books about creative writing, and based on their tips I made a lot of research, created characters, made an outline and wrote. After one year the book was written- over 120,000 words. And to make matters weird, I wrote it on my mobile phone during school breaks, train travels, holidays and waiting in long queues. First edition took me a year. Then I gave up the book for one year. When I finally woke up, I re-edited it within three months adding 50,000 words and re-edited it for the third time. Now I’m working on the sequel, and actually after these several years I like what I do. Hundreds of ideas implemented into my stories make up for the mistakes which a non-native English speaker would make. Will I continue writing after finishing the sequel? The answer is a resounding yes, yes, yes. This art is addictive.