Guest Post: Natasha Whearity – Why Do I Write? (Pt. 1)

Author Natasha Whearity
I don’t know why I write. I know that sounds really daft being that writing is one of my favourite hobbies, but the truth is that I really don’t.

Think about something you love more than anything: A person, a hobby, or just a general feeling. Now try and explain how you feel about it. It’s hard, isn’t it?

Until the Kindle All-Stars: Resistance Front project, I’d never had anything published. Sure, I wrote almost every day, but everything was always for my eyes only… or my unfortunate friends who asked how my writing was going only to receive a manuscript of my latest ‘masterpiece.’

Before Resistance Front I’d written a play called Suns and Stars about a world in which people are judged entirely on the way they look. I performed the play at my school and had such positive feedback that I decided to adapt the play as a novel. Unfortunately, as with a lot of “would-be” authors, I was rejected by seven agents. It didn’t shake my confidence thankfully, although I decided to put Suns and Stars off to the side. I guess when you love something that much, you won’t stop at anything.

When I found out about the Resistance Front project, I sat in my room for hours trying to come up with an idea for it. I remember telling my mum that I couldn’t do it because I’d never written a short story before. And then the idea literally just popped into my head. The next thing I knew, I was writing a story that was better than any story I had ever written.

I still think of The Endgame as one of my best pieces of writing. I’m so proud of that bad boy. I’m also proud to be featured within a collection amongst so many talented writers, one of whom is David himself. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and just smile because not only have I had something published (which was one of my dreams anyway), but it was published alongside other phenomenal writers, making it even more special. The whole KAS team are all so lovely. They have helped me, guided me, and looked after me in the big, scary, writing world. They have all been supportive, and they are all awesome.

After The Endgame and becoming engrossed in the world of short story writing, I gradually became more and more fond of them. I discovered that a good way to write a short story is for it to have a twist at the end, and so I laid in my bed one night thinking of all the possibilities for twists. That’s when the idea for another project hit me (not literally though).

I wanted to write a trilogy of short stories based upon World War One. They would each be from different viewpoints of the war, and at least one of them would have a twist. I wrote all three, one after the other, and sent them to my top proof-reader: Sandie Slavin. Soon I had come up with the title for the trilogy: Those We Would Never Know. The title was dramatic. It told the truth. I liked it, and Sandie did too.

Writing gets on my nerves more often than not. Whenever I want something to happen with it, or for something to come to me, it never does. I will sit there trying to reason and bargain for an idea to spring to mind, but nothing ever appears. Still, if my house was on fire and my writing was still inside, I would run in to get it. Not because I’m stupid, but because that’s how much it means to me.

Writing can be infuriating. I’ve found that my most inspirational time slot is when I’m just about to nod off. Not very convenient, I must admit, but it has its redeeming moments that make it all worthwhile. Like that split second when an idea literally pops into your head and explodes like a cheap bag of popcorn from Tesco. Like those moments when you come to the end of your half-plan of a story and want to know what happens next. Then you realise that what happens next is up to you.

Writing, for me, is like a best friend.

Over and out,

Natasha Whearity

Follow Natasha on Twitter: @NatashaWhearity

About the Author

Natasha Whearity is a published independent author and teenage phenomenon living in the United Kingdom where she attends college. Her debut short story, The Endgame, is featured in the Kindle All-Stars compilation, Resistance Front. When not indulging her love of Harry Potter, or reruns of the television show Friends, Natasha can be found out on the Go-Kart race track, or spending time with her close friends and family.

Part two of Natasha’s guest post will be featured later this week, in which she discusses her latest project, a novel entitled
Idiot, a story that explores the complicated lives of two best friends, and the trials and tribulations they must face.

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