Welcome to Kelby Writes Adventure! I’m Kelby Baca, and this blog is about writing adventure stories. Whether you’re starting out writing, a published author, or someone who just stumbled on here, I’m glad you’re here. I hope you love everything you see here and can learn from it – even if you don’t specialize in adventure or it’s not your favorite genre.
The Story of Me
I was born and raised in Odessa, Texas. (Friday Night Lights, anyone?) After graduating from Permian High School, I later went to college at UT Dallas for 3D animation. Looking back on my life, it’s been a series of trial-and-error points. Here’s everything I’ve tried to do:
- Drawing and fine art with various classes and books.
- Music with a keyboard and a guitar – but maybe I dabbled in this too briefly.
- As mentioned above, I studied 3D animation in high school and college. At one time, I wanted to be a 3D animator, and later an animated movie director. But while animation is a terrific medium for storytelling, working in animation is very different. It turned out that that wasn’t for me after all. If only that realization had come sooner, though!
- Game development alongside 3D animation. I never quite got the hang of it, though. Video games are fun, but developing them is very different.
- Journalism. For a while, I was a student reporter at my college’s student media department. But it turned out that journalism wasn’t in the cards, either, so I resigned.
- Web development was my latest (and second biggest) venture. If you search my name elsewhere, you can still see the results of that on sites like Codepen, Github, and even on my Twitter and LinkedIn pages! While I liked web development for a while, that interest fizzled out eventually.
My interests are numerous – travel, music (especially international music), some technologies, gaming, 20th century history… and that’s not a complete list!
But there’s something I did as a child that has stayed with me in some way, shape, or form ever since: writing stories.
I used to spend hours on the family’s Windows XP computer typing up all sorts of silly (and some serious) stories. I even remember the name of my favorite typing program back then: Microsoft Works Word Processor. Wordpad was an occasional tool of choice, too.
I have a confession to make, too: My first few stories mostly copied from plots of other movies, books, TV shows, or games I knew of.
In fact, my very first story ever was a carbon copy of that Rugrats episode, “All Growed Up.” The only differences I remember are that in my story, the main characters were grade-school triplets fighting with their older brother, and the triplets traveled forward to their high school years. The Rugrats episode has a group of babies/toddlers fighting with a slightly older toddler, and they all go to their grade-school years.
But I did come up with several original story ideas. These are the ideas I remember the most (never finished, though):
- A British detective visits the family of a famous American athlete who has been paroled after serving time for a murder conviction. She figures out that the athlete was actually framed, and has to figure out who the real murderer was.
- Two young brothers are orphaned after the murder of their parents. They learn to sword fight and team up with two adults to fight crime in their city. (This was meant to be a series.)
- A teenage girl’s parents’ fighting escalates to a literal global war of the sexes. The girl teams up with her boyfriend to try to stop the war. (This story was meant to satirize the “let’s just stay together for the sake of the kids but fight everyday anyway” parents. It was also meant to show the real suffering of those parents’ children in a household like that.)
Writing was an excellent creative outlet for me back then, and it still is now (although to a lesser extent since I went into junior high and got very busy.) Time and time again I’ve caught myself writing random little snippets of stories and characters. Most of the resulting text files are still on my laptop and phone!
The reason why writing has stayed with me is simple – I love the creation process. I love creating characters, places, and entire worlds, and piecing it all together with an epic story. That is what I live for.
Adventure, horror, action, mystery, fantasy, and historical fiction are my favorite genres – although my focus here is on adventure. My favorite authors are Stephen King, Khaled Hosseini, J.K. Rowling, Roald Dahl, and Agatha Christie.
Why I Want to Help You
Everyone has a story to tell, real or fiction. There are lots of people who have some great stories to share, but either don’t know where to start or are afraid of rejection.
If that sounds like you, I want to encourage and help you. I’m a learning writer myself, but as I go through the process of being a published author, I would love to guide you on crafting your story so it becomes something people can’t ignore. I want to boost your confidence so that if rejection does happen, you can bounce right back and keep on going.
I want all this because you deserve to have your story heard. As the saying goes, where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Why Kelby Writes Adventure is Here
I started Kelby Writes Adventure to discover my favorite adventure authors’ secrets – and other good tips – to crafting such wonderful stories and share them with you while I go through the process of becoming a published author. It’s not only for my benefit, but also for your benefit so you, too, can learn to craft and express your own stories. I’m ready to help you get from the fundamentals, to the first draft, to the bookshelves, and beyond.
Like I said, I’m a learning writer myself. But if you have any questions for me, I will do my best to answer them to the best of my knowledge and ability. (With links to some good research if applicable.)
Here’s to your writing future!
All the best,
Founder of kelbywritesadventure.com