Concerning Writers: my story

Edited screenshot from New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
I‘ve been writing since I could hold a pencil. I remember the first story I wrote on a piece of scrap paper, a retelling of a fairy tale; it was so riddled with spelling errors (I was barely learning to write at the time) that my mom had to ask me to read it to her so she could write down a translation.

She also got really upset for a second when she came to the word “pis” and demanded to know where I had learned it at the age of four. She calmed down after she realized I had been trying to spell “prince.”

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things… read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of.” – Stephen King

I’m convinced that my love of writing came from reading wonderful stories. My mom read me Stephen Lawhead’s The Riverbank series, James Byron Huggins’ A Wolf Story, C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and many more. She even read me some Star Wars books (thanks, Mom. I know those weren’t for your enjoyment, but I loved them).

In my later years, I became engrossed in the worlds of Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan, Roger Zelazny, J.K. Rowling, Diana Wynne Jones, Garth Nix, Veronica Roth, Orson Scott Card, and more, more, more. There is something so captivating about immersing yourself in another world and learning its intricacies and rules. There is something so amazing about seeing characters from a completely different galaxy dealing with similar life problems to your own, or ones you can relate to (and watching them save the world, of course. That particular life problem I may sometimes wish I have, but am secretly glad I don’t).

“You know, Mom! The pince! The fog pince!”

I’ve written for a variety of genres, including short stories for online publications, posts for blogs, features for magazines, and articles for newspapers—and I love all of it—but I love story writing the most. Creating whole new universes for my own characters to explore and quest for their own answers about life, the universe, and everything is worthwhile to me.

I also think the key to becoming a great writer is to read great writing, to explore what amazing authors have done and gain a tiny bit of understanding about what makes their stories so amazing.

So I am going to be taking you on a series about the writing process, an adventure of epic proportions akin to bringing the one ring to Mordor. The journey starts in peaceful Hobbiton where happy ideas and first thoughts of plotting a novel (the precious, I should say) begin, then on to Bree where things start to get a bit dicey and we’re not quite sure what we’ve gotten ourselves into with this whole story-writing business.

And for those lucky and heroic enough to make it to the final destination, we can see what it’s like to finally make it to the end—starved, tortured, almost ready to give up, exhausted to the point of near death—and throw the precious into Mount Doom, a.k.a. get published.

I’m hoping writers and readers alike will enjoy journeying with me.

Allison Barron

Allison Barron

Commander at Geekdom House
Allison is like Galadriel, offering wisdom where needed but turning treacherous as the sea when competitive games are involved. She is the executive editor of Area of Effect magazine, co-host of the Infinity +1 podcast, and staff writer for Christ and Pop Culture. When she’s not writing, designing, or editing, she is often preoccupied in Hyrule, Middle-earth, or a galaxy far, far away.
Allison Barron