Writing with Hannah Fern
I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer, though the exact kind of writer has always varied. I grew up in a modest town in Alaska with two quirky, financially strapped parents who taught my sisters and me that having passion was important, but love was the best gift on this planet. My father always has had a sense of humor, even in the darkest moments, and he expressed how storytelling could heal a mind and give it the answers needed. We spent hours hiking on mountains while he told me tales of monsters within the woods, the angels in the stars, and how we must conquer our inner demons.
I like to channel my emotions when writing, placing them into characters and steering them through their journey with peaks and valleys. Writing feels like therapy to me, and it’s something I do for myself and my mental health, and eventually my characters grab me by the hand to take me on their adventure. I’ve grown to love the protagonists and even some antagonists as they continue to surprise me while I transcribe what I hoped was an outlined plan and ultimately derailed by the fire within their fight.
I finished my first novel in my early twenties, tried to sell it to agents through email pitches, and failed each time. I put that novel aside and took to writing short stories for a few years. After a while, I got the idea for two creative novels. I quickly became infatuated with the characters from these novels, but did not understand where I wanted their stories to lead or even where to start.
Then I went to New Orleans alone and sat in coffee shops after hours of exploring, which is where my current series I’ve been working on for the last two years was born. I will forever thank myself for experiencing vibrant life on that trip I could place in my outline and first draft.
I accept failure as an opportunity to step back and see what I can change, and though I don’t like it, I’ve often found that stepping outside of my comfort zone has been far more rewarding than hurtful.
My current works in progress:
Hidden Lies, Dark Branches: A Blight Hollows Novel
Please explore my work below:
“People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.”R.L. Stine