My name is Sarah LeFebvre. At this moment in time, I am a college student majoring in History and East Asian Studies with three cats, three annual passes to Florida amusement parks, and a dream of one day opening a caramel apple shop.
But that’s not what this post is about. This post is about a dream that has spanned much further in my life than a shop filled with caramel apples: my dream to become a published author.
The title of this blog, “Wonders and Dreams,” sums up what I intend to include in my blog posts. I will share with you my ideas, thoughts, dreams, and aspirations. I hope to update you on my own progress of publishing my manuscripts, share with you tips and advice I’ve learned about writing and publishing, and tell you stories about my many adventures in college.
But first, let’s start at the beginning.
Many authors can trace their writing dreams back to their earliest of days. While I now see hints of my love of storytelling in childhood activities—such as the overly intricate storyline I created for my MyScene dolls—I distinctly remember the moment when I realized I wanted to be an author.
It all goes back to World of Warcraft.
That’s probably not how most writing careers begin, but in my special case, it is. I began playing World of Warcraft in seventh grade, and during the summer leading into eighth grade, my best friend and I discussed storylines to explain the lives of our game characters. I quickly took these story ideas to a Word document, and while in the end they didn’t go far, it sparked a love of creative writing.
I quickly moved on to other stories. Considering my middle school years fell at the same time as Twilight's prime popularity, it comes as no surprise that the first of these stories involved vampires. Next came elves, a personal interest of mine. As with most old writing, it seemed great at the time, but now I can’t help but cringe when looking back. Eventually, going into high school, I thought of the story idea that would lead to my first completed manuscript. If I’m lucky, you’ll hear a lot more about that story later.
As a young person with a fresh dream of future publication, I learned two things:
I have a distinct memory of a friend in eighth grade telling me something along the lines of, “Don’t become an author—you’ll starve.” I still can’t say for sure if this particular statement arose out of a general lack of hope for authors as a whole, or out of a specific lack of confidence in my own skill as a writer. Nonetheless, it taught me something else, which is that I’m stubborn and I enjoy proving people wrong. Perhaps that’s why I’m still a History major after years of people asking how I’ll ever get a job with that.
Long story short, I kept writing. I finished my first full manuscript the summer before my junior year of high school. I finished the sequel my freshman year of college, and the third at the end of my sophomore year. Beyond working on the first drafts of these manuscripts, I edited all three, and wrote countless drafts of the first novel. This past year, I cut the word count by 50%. I also spent January writing the first draft of a contemporary manuscript before brainstorming ideas for a futuristic fantasy. In the midst of all this, I've won local, district, and state short story contests and I was named one of three winners of the Writing Excellency award at my college.
Above all else, these efforts taught me the value of confidence and determination, and I hope to share those lessons with you.
At the end of this week, I will pitch two agents at a nearby writing workshop. In preparation for that, I am writing and rewriting my pitch, preparing questions and answers, and further editing my manuscript. I’m also starting this blog, so I can share my journey with others.
If you keep up with future blog posts, you’ll likely hear about my adventures in Disney World or reasons why I think Dinosaur World is an underrated treasure of Central Florida. But more than anything, you will learn what I have learned—and continue to learn—about the life of a writer.
I write YA fantasy and paranormal fiction. This blog is dedicated to thoughts and advice on writing and publishing, as well as various interests related to the world of Young Adult.