Hi! I’m Millie Ho, an aspiring YA neo-noir writer and webcomic artist from Toronto, Canada. I use this blog and my YouTube channel to document the journey to publication and share the writing lessons I learned from interesting TV shows, books, and films.
I’m working on a Long-Suffering Manuscript, and throughout the process have experimented with odd writing methodologies, edited my many drafts into bloody, perfection-driven pulps, tweaked and re-tweaked characterizations and suffered a creative burnout of such colossal magnitude that I sought shelter in a foreign county and quit blogging for months before digging out the keyboard again.
Then I had a wakeup call and changed my writing process entirely.
A brief timeline of me wrestling with this writing thing:
- 2005: Wanted to write a book after reading The Golden Compass.
- 2009: Spent my last high school summer break churning out a 77,000 word novel that would later get rejected by literary agents for “lacking a strong voice”.
- 2010: Spent the bulk of my university years improving my writing skills by competing in writing and poetry competitions.
- 2011: Realized, after watching Ryan Gosling’s nameless vigilante character drown a mobster in a lake in Drive, that neo-noir fiction was my life’s calling.
- 2013: Wrote a YA neo-noir book for a creative thesis class. This book will become the Long-Suffering Manuscript (LSM) I am working on to this day.
As of May 2015, I have finished plotting a solid novel skeleton and am stitching on the meat. I’m writing more honestly and deliberately and am starting to see the patterns responsible for why some stories succeed and others fail. In short, I am enjoying the writing process again, and reaching the destination is purely a bonus.
Thank you for coming along on the journey!