Finally getting to sit down with my bestie and catch up on each other’s lives was awesome. She is living her dream and I am so proud. It’s wonderful when you know your dream from the get go. It makes life a little easier if you can start building your dream right away. Then there are the rest of us. It take us a while to really decide what direction we want to go. We fumble around from job to job trying to figure out just where we fit.
If you read my first couple of blogs you know that I have been writing from an adolescent. Writing was my escape from my own family issues. It brought me such joy to create a world from my imagination and then get lost in it. While I don’t use my writing as an escape it is my joy and passion. If I could do that for a living that would be great. Or so I thought.
Writing is a painstaking task. Creating the initial story is the best part. As authors we create a world and build the story piece by piece. That is the fun part. What’s not so much fun is then going back to refine it. Even after you think your finished, a friend or your critique group may find instances of when you can improve your story. So back to the drawing board you go.
Think you’re done? Sike! You put it down for a little while. An author always needs a break from their latest master piece (at least we think it’s just that wonderful) in order to be objective on your next critique of it. You read, re-edit and adjust the story to make it better a hundred times and there still may be instances where you feel it needs something.
Funny thing is, even after you’ve read and edited it a dozen or more times, you still don’t feel that your baby is ready to be presented to your agent, critique friend or group or the world.
As I said in my tweet on Saturday, writing is an arduous task. To some extent it may feel like a never ending process. For us authors, we wouldn’t have it any other way.