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From Daydreams to Novels: My Journey as a Writer.

Dive: Artist - Writer (Novels)
Description: Writing full-length works of fiction
Level: Level 1
Level Requirements: Has a completed title, outline, & back cover blurb for a novel
Certified On: Mar 17, 2024

Editor’s Note: On all dive certifications, we try to edit the writing as little as possible to preserve authenticity, personality, and writing style. We typically fix spelling errors, but minimally modify grammar and sentence structure (just enough to ensure readability).

Tracey Kedarr

Name: Tracey Kedarr Break Diving Level: Recruit Number of Certified Dives: 4 From: Ghana In: Ghana

1. When and Why Did You Decide to Pursue This Dive At This Level? What was your inspiration and motivation?

I have a pretty colorful imagination.  My mind is a treasure trove of fantastical (and sometimes, fantastically wild) visions, haha! Seriously though, I can paint vivid realms and worlds in my mind's eye, where enchanted landscapes and characters come to life!  It's one of my gifts.

For the first 15 to 17 years of my life, I only used this gift to entertain myself when I got bored.  As an introvert who would often choose solitude over 'friends and fun', I had plenty of time to work on my creative power and before long, I was telling myself stories of infinite realms and orchestrating tales that resonated with depth. 

When I was 17 years old, I started writing some of my stories down, and that's when I decided that I would work to get my novels published and become like J.K. Rowling.

2. How Long Did It Take For You To Accomplish This Dive At This Level From The Day You Decided To Pursue It, And Why Did It Take That Long?

Not very long.  From the day I decided that I would write my stories into novels, it only took me about a week to draft the outline for the first book.  From then, it took me about a year to finish the written work as I balanced my writing with going to school, doing schoolwork and doing my chores at home.

3. What Was The Hardest Part About Achieving This Particular Dive Level?

I didn't get a computer or a cell phone until age 23, so in order to type my novel, I had to go to a café in town, where I could rent a computer at a fixed charge.  I ended up having to save up my school money (which wasn't very much) until I had enough for a 1-hour visit each time to type and to save my work on a flash drive.

It got even harder when my first two flash drives crashed and I lost all of my work, twice, because I had no way to backup my work.

4. What Was The Easiest Part About Achieving This Particular Dive Level?

I had the stories already planned out and finished in my mind, so I always knew where the story was going each time I would get around to writing.  This also made it relatively easier to rebuild my written work every time I lost it in a flash drive crash.

5. What Is Your Advice For Someone Who Is Pursuing This Dive And Level?

Inspiration for works of fiction can come from anywhere.  Open your mind and let your imagination run wild.  Then from there, you can trim and prune, add and subtract, and build on your masterpiece until you're satisfied with it.  Also, take as much time as you need to write your story properly, instead of just rushing through it, trying to finish it.

6. What Are Some Of The Best Resources You Recommend to Those Pursuing This Dive At This Level, And Why Do You Recommend Them? Please Include Relevant Weblinks, If Applicable.

  1. Books on Writing:

  • "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft" by Stephen King, offers practical advice and personal anecdotes from a prolific author.

  • "The Elements of Style" by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, is a classic guide to English writing style and grammar.

2. Local Writing Groups and Workshops:
  • Find, if you can, and join some writing groups or workshops where you can connect with other writers and receive feedback.

3. Creative Writing Classes:
  • Look for creative writing classes offered at community colleges, universities, or adult education centers.

4. Libraries and Bookstores:
  • Explore the writing and publishing sections of a library or bookstore for books on writing craft and publishing.

Resource 1: Break Diving - This is an amazing platform where one can meet and interact with other writers, and gain useful tips and resources.

Resource 2: Absolute Write Water Cooler - An online community offering forums, resources, and support for writers.

Resource 3: Coursera - A platform that offers various online courses on novel writing, taught by experienced authors.

Resource 4: Udemy - A platform very similar to Coursera, above.

Resource 5: Writer's Digest - A platform that provides articles, tips, and insights into the craft of writing novels.

7. Tell Us A Story Of One Of Your Adventures While Pursuing This Dive (At This Level).

I completed my first novel in writing before I turned 18 years old. That was quite an adventure in itself for me, and I was very excited about my story. My idea was to get it published and make it available to high schools in my country. Then I would make some good money from the sales, and then use that money to fund some other projects of mine. I believed that it would help me get started in life on a good note.

I was technically still a minor at that time and would need help with literally every single step of my plan, and so I took my finished novel to my parents and tried to discuss my intentions with them.  My parents were very dismissive of me and my ideas.  They hardly even listened to me.  I was a little hurt by this, but honestly, I wasn't surprised at all.  I knew my parents well enough to know that they would dismiss me entirely and never even consider what I had tried to tell them.

I went to an uncle next, gave him the novel and proceeded to tell him what the story was about and also what my plan was.  He was immediately intimidated and gave me a long list of excuses for why my plan was 'foolish' and would be impossible to achieve.  I listened to him go on for hours, beating about the bush and repeating himself many, many times.  Then I went to an aunt but she was even meaner and much more spiteful. 

I was getting tired and running out of people to go to.  I was very introverted back then and didn't have many people whom I could freely, confidently walk up to and ask for help.  Any kind of help.  Not help with my extremely abusive, toxic family, not help with the struggles I faced, not help with my novel and my plan to get it published.  I was painfully aware of my predicament... but I didn't give up just yet.  I had two more places I was going to try, and I was staying hopeful.

Unfortunately, my final two rays of hope, my old school and my church at the time, turned out to be shrouds of disillusionment for me.  Neither institution gave me any helpful information or tips about getting published, nor did they offer me any words of encouragement or morale support.  I left both places, feeling totally defeated.  It was a horrible feeling.

It's been more than a decade since then, and I have grown up a lot.  My "plan" has completely evolved and I have come to be very thankful that things turned out the way they did.  The naysayers were wrong, but my new plan is much bigger and will enable me to make a much bigger impact.  I'm thinking worldwide now, not just my little corner, and I'm better equipped now to handle myself.

Overall, I'm just very thankful that I waited  :  ).

8. What Evidence Did You Submit to Prove You Met the Requirements for This Dive and Level?

Below is the cover, and the first page from my latest novel (in project).

9. Will You Be Pursuing The Next Level For This Dive? If Yes, Why? If Not, Why Not?

Yes. I have many more stories to tell and that means many more novels to write.

10. What is the Break Diver's Creed?

No Rules. No Excuses. No Regrets.

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And having made this post, and provided adequate evidence to the dive committee, Tracey Kedarr is now hereby certified by Break Diving, Inc. as: Artist - Writer (Novels) - Level 1. Congratulations ! Thank you for being an inspiration to others!

Certificate number: 207

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