My Favorite Quotes About Fate

10. “We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming – well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate.”
― Amy Tan, The Hundred Secret Senses

9. “It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.”
― William Ernest Henley, Echoes of Life and Death

8. “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

7. “Do not be afraid; our fate
Cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.”
― Dante Alighieri, Inferno

6. “Take it from me, Fate doesn’t care most of the time.”
― Diana Wynne Jones, Castle in the Air

5. “We can’t choose our fate, but we can choose others. Be careful in knowing that.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

4. “Sometimes fate or life or whatever you want to call it, leaves a door a little open and you walk through it. But sometimes it locks the door and you have to find the key, or pick the lock, or knock the…thing down. And sometimes, it doesn’t even show you the door, and you have to build it yourself. But if you keep waiting for the doors to be opened for you… I think you’ll have a hard time finding single happiness, let alone that double portion.”
― Gayle Forman, Just One Year

3. “Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like.”
― Lemony Snicket

2. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
― Allen Saunders

1. “You speak of destiny as if it was fixed.”
― Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass

Six Years in the Making

I’ve officially finished writing my novel. The first draft of Twisting Fate clocks in at a whopping 48,500 words – about 175 pages in Word. I look at that and half of me thinks, “I just wrote my college thesis about six times.” The other half of me thinks, “That can’t possibly be long enough.”

Now on to the revision process. Revision. Revision. And then maybe some more revision.

So as I spend the next ___ weeks/months revising my manuscript, I thought I’d update this blog in the process and start some sort of “author” platform (that is if I can call myself an author).

In the off-chance you’re interested – here’s some back story:

I started writing Twisting Fate shortly after I graduated high school. I wanted to write a story with a strong, somewhat-sarcastic, independent female protagonist. Charlotte clearly popped into my mind with her vivid blue eyes, long dark hair, and sassy independence. I just had to figured out what made her that way.

I hate to say that it took me the six years, although it was probably only a week once I was actually writing, for me to figure out her back story. I knew the beginning, the middle, and the ending. The tricky part was writing it all down.

It took about six months between working full-time and writing as often as I could, to finish what I call, “Twisting Fate – The First Official Draft.” I’m now excited to say that I have finished The First Official Draft and started on the revision process. It’s kind of thrilling to think that an idea I had six years ago has finally been written down. Charlotte’s story is officially written and ready to be shared.

Here’s to the next six years!