writing for little me

I grew up a book worm; my parents always read to me and as soon as I learned how to turn pages and follow the words myself I was off.  I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on; adventure stories, animal stories, people stories- everything.  I moved into the teen section of the library by the time I was twelve and was reaching for the adult chicklit section before I turned fifteen.    As much as I did read I don't ever remember opening a book and recognising myself; not a book that I hadn't purposely tracked down first anyway. 

While I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on I also grew up writing and whilst the majority of my first ideas are long gone I know there is a clear distinction between those I wrote when I still thought being in love with Ethel Hallow was a phase everyone went through and those I wrote after I realised that it was not...  As I grew into my sexuality my writing switched to follow suit - mermaids fell in love with sea witches, princesses rescued themselves and girls asked other girls to their school prom.  All of these were books I would have been over the moon to be able to pick up and read myself and yet they were nowhere to be found.

"If there's a book that you want to read but it hasn't been written yet then you must write it"

I'm going to write the books I would have killed for when I was fifteen, seventeen and twenty.  I'm going to write books where the girl falls in love with a girl.  Books where friendship groups aren't "four straight people and their token gay friend" but instead where friendship groups are made up of a complete mixture of people and orientations.   Books where the characters sexuality isn't the main plot but simply part of the story, part of them - where the story is more than just "comes out."  Books with mental health themes and healthy representation.

Books I'd want to read if I saw them on a shelf.  Books I feel happy writing.

"The best advice is not to write what you know, it's to write what you like.  Write the kind of story you like best - write the story you want to read."

My current ideas include vampire university, a high school romance, a royal adventure with sword fights and a mermaid / siren / pirate thing so it's safe to stay I'm throwing the unwritten "stick to one genre" rule out of the window.  In fact the only connective string between all of them are that the main characters are LGBTQ+ but that's how I want it to be- my reading tastes are so varied it's ridiculous so why should my writing tastes be any different?  I'd happily read any of my current ideas if they were written by someone else and as they haven't been I'm more than happy to step up to the plate myself.

I'm going to write the story that little me wanted to read; the story that I craved desperately for reasons I didn't quite understand.  I'm going to write the stories that, hopefully, other people will want to read - want to read and be able to read.  I write because I love it, because I can and because I have to.  I have to do it for little me and for current me.  I have to write what I like, what I know and what I feel most passionate about.  And I will.  I already am but I will continue.  I will.

eloise x

6 comments

  1. This post is really great! I have been writing for a really long time but was writing about what i love. It is when you write something you would love to read that you create something amazing!

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  2. Hi, I loved reading your post wouln’t It be great even if only a few people wrote about what they wanted to read. Maybe that could include blogging who knows.

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  3. This is such a great post! Writing a book would be such an amazing thing I really feel like there is currently a gap in the market for teen fiction keep the great work up

    Ellie
    www.headintheclouds.me.uk

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  4. Writing what you want to read and love is the best way forward! This is what I'm trying to do with my own writing projects

    Ashleigh | http://ashleighwrites.co.uk

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  5. Such a great post 👏👏 am sure you will do great 💕

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  6. Amazing and very inspiring! I hope others follow suit, best of luck with your writing! x

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