Writing Book Simulator by guest author Chris Yee
Val Penny ♦ June 21, 2018 ♦ Leave a comment
I am thrilled that the dynamic author Chris Yee has made time to visit my blog and share his writing journey. Chris’s new book, Book Simultaor is available on Amazon. It is a most refreshing new novel. Over to you, Chris!
When people ask me what I do, I don’t say I’m a writer. I tell them I’m an engineer. To be more specific, a structural engineer.
I would hardly say my path towards writing has been conventional. I was always interested in creative writing as a child, but academics had steered me towards math and science. I hated reading in school, and writing assignments (research papers, analytical essays, etc.) never held my interest. School had turned writing into a chore for me, and while I enjoyed crafting stories in my spare time, when the time came to choose a career path, I decided not to pursue writing. Instead, I chose civil engineering.
It wasn’t until late in college that I started to rekindle my love for writing. The highly analytical world of engineering had spurred a sudden need for creativity. This is when I started my first book. It was a daunting task for someone who didn’t consider themselves a writer, but it was something I had always dreamed of doing and I wanted to follow through. Progress was slow at first. A lack of confidence kept me from fully committing. I had always found something better to do. Class work. Maintaining a social life. Keeping up with my favorite TV show. I was always busy with something else.
After two years of trickling progress, I graduated from college and got a full-time job as a structural engineer. This is when I decided to get serious about writing again. I began to write more frequently, and in the process, rediscovered my passion for writing. I found a sudden burst of creativity that I had not experienced in a long time. My book grew longer and longer, and over the course of two years, I had written a story big enough to split into a trilogy. It was one of my proudest accomplishments, and I continue to write to this day.
With every new book, I learn something new, but the most important lesson I’ve learned is how to be a confident writer. When I first started out, I told myself I wasn’t a “real” writer, but now my attitude has changed. I don’t have a college education in writing, but I believe my engineering background gives me a unique perspective. It doesn’t hurt the quality of my writing. It enhances it.
So now when people ask me what I do, I don’t say I’m a writer. I tell them I’m an engineer, because it’s true. I’m an engineer and I love every minute of it. But if they ask me what else I do, I can say with confidence: I write.
Book Simulator is available on Amazon at: www.amazon.co.uk/Book-Simulator-Chris-Yee-ebook/dp/B01NA6P6M6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1529590028&sr=1-1&keywords=book+simulator