I finally came up with a title for my first novel! Hip, hip hooray!
When I was a kid I dreamt of being an actress. When I was on stage, I loved that rush of adrenalin the moment you step out from the wings and onto centre stage. I loved the immediate connection to the audience, the applause, the laughter, and the tears. It was perfect for my impatient nature, and the reward sector of my brain would light up.
I’m in the middle of editing 2 of my novels. Both are at different stages of the editing process. And it is a process, a mind numbing, soul sucking, drudgery of a process.
Look, don’t get me wrong. I love writing and I love editing. Let me rephrase, I love editing other people’s work. My own, not so much.
Writer’s process. I’ve read about some doozies when I was seriously thinking about this writing malarkey. How writers, write. Besides the obvious of just sitting down and doing it. How do they get the words in their head down on to paper?
This is a bit of an abstract post. I want to talk about physical manifestations of excitement when writing.
I like to think that I’ve got it together. I have my days packed and I’m busy from the time I wake up at 5am to the time I fall asleep at about 10pm. I work full time in a non-writing job and I have Miss 2 running around the place. I was asked recently how I do it? Not the scheduling, but how after a busy day, do I get in the mindset of being creative.
I’m a pretty reserved person. Let’s all take a moment and wait for my family and friends to stop laughing.
Writers have a responsibility to challenge readers. This can be interpreted however you like and it depends on the genre you write and medium you choose to deliver it in. I write creative fiction and some of this fiction is based on true stories, albeit I’ve taken creative license with it. But where does my authority come from? Who gives me the authority to write about things that are not my life experience?
As a writer I get satisfaction from making readers fall into my character’s world. To experience their highs and lows, their laughter and sadness. There’s something I love even more though, and that’s to make a reader love a character and then I kill them.