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How it all started...

Updated: Dec 9, 2018

Growing up, I watched a LOT of television, a LOT of movies and played a LOT of video games. I was spoiled rotten and I made sure to take full advantage of it. I had all the fantasy and science fiction media possible, everything from "Star Trek" to movies like "Aliens" and "Big Trouble in Little China" - I've gained so many fond memories from these that I couldn't forget if I tried. RPG's were my favourite type of video games, my very first memorable game being Final Fantasy IV.


It's because of movies and video games that my imagination grew to be what it is today. So much so that I felt this burning desire to take this creativity and express it somehow. I'd daydream constantly, taking existing movies and games and adding my own content, creating my own fan-fictions in my mind.


Until one day, I got tired of daydreaming and decided "I'm just going to write."


I didn't have enough to develop my own unique work yet, so I stuck to fan-fiction. I had no idea how to write properly. I'd spew out pages and pages of content until I felt satisfied. I still have the original pads of paper (written in pencil) with that work on it...it's not much to look at today but it stills means a lot to me since it's proof that I took a huge step forward.


After many years of doing this on and off, the need to produce my own original content came into fruition and thus the "Tagenji" series was born. Well...it took me a while to come up with that title but the idea was there.


I think the biggest thing I can take away from my own story is that inspiration can come from anywhere. To let that inspiration grow into a dream, and then to take the first step into turning that dream into reality - that's a powerful thing to do. It doesn't even matter too much where the journey takes you (I certainly don't know where mine will take me) but to get on that path, that's what matters.


Did you have a writing dream? How did you start to make it a reality?


The very first pad of paper I had ever written on.

#writingtips #journey

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