By Kristin Khadija Mahmoud
I have a few secrets as a writer. Those who know probably don’t care and there aren’t many of them anyway. As a writer is always good to have a few secrets, keep a card or two up your sleeve.
I’m writing a dirty novel
It is in the works and is far from ready, but I decided to write a romance/erotica novel. Why? It is hard to find decent erotic or romance novels; the one I am reading now misspelled her main character’s name and used the phrase “butt trumpet” to describe a fart.
Erotic novels aren’t bad, they function the same as any other novel: they offer an escape plus benefits.
Not your cup of tea?
I’m also working on a fantasy novel (well, a series)
I’ve been working on my fantasy novel since I was eleven. You read that right. The Lord of the Rings resonated with me unlike anything else and I had a story burning within me. I am past the halfway mark on it but it has been the hardest thing I’ve ever worked on.
I burn down a city and introduce some characters to a creepy and mysterious abandon dwarf mine which features ghosts. I have a general idea of how the first book will end, but getting the characters to that point has been a challenge.
I have built a chess game— nay, several games, and I am trying to move all of the pieces into place. It is mind-boggling. Also, I created a map with an island the shape of a bird.
I submitted the worst short story ever to a competition
No, there is no award that I can find for this position, I gave it to myself. I submitted a three-page horror story thinking it was gold. My aunt read it and told me it was boring. Boring! The thing a writer never wants to hear. Long story short, three pages went to eleven, it wasn’t boring, and I had a story rather than three pages of me talking at my reader.
So far it has been called “chilling” and “messed up”, I take these as compliments. It is currently entered into a writing competition so be sure to stop by for the results and maybe a posting of the first page.