So I wrote a book. About me. Then published it to kindle as an eBook. All before I turned eighteen.
Publishing my own writing has always been a big goal of mine. I just never thought I would achieve it.
Setting out to write a book is freaking scary. Setting out to write a story that is more or less true and about actual events, featuring yourself as the main character, is even scarier.
On the one hand you have that horrible feeling that people will perceive you as vain for deciding that your story was worth telling. And then you also have a nagging fear that in this book that you’ve struggled over for so long, some one will find some terrible inaccuracy or mistake.
But through writing my first proper novel, ‘Finding Trinity’, I had to address both of those things. Quite brutally, and quite head on.
This is what I learn’t.
Everyone’s story is worth telling.
Everyone’s story deserves to be told.
Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Flaws and admirable traits. Everyone has suffered in some form. And just because you don’t think you have the right to be, you are the hero of your own story.
If anyone ever tells you that your story is worth nothing, they are wrong. Our stories are our everything. As human’s, we are simply a story. Our story is really the only thing that we leave behind when we die. So why are we so scared to tell it?
Stories hold the true power in our society. A story can turn an army people against one man, and it can unite thousands in peace.
Your story matters.
Secondly, my book probably has multiple spelling errors. Eleven, I was told by the kindle publishing spell check system. Some sentences in my book might not quite flow as well as they could. The story might be a bit jilted and not quite tie up at the end. And you might not like what I have to say.
But none of that matters.
At the end of the day, I sat down and arranged thousands of words into an order that nobody else could have, and told the story that nobody would have thought to tell if I hadn’t.
Then, I gave my story, my vulnerabilities, my mistakes, my flaws and my voice, to the rest of the world.
Thank you for reading, you can get the book here…!