Greetings gentle reader,
I have decided that this series has grown from not only musing about my Nanowrimo experience but to writing in general, especially fiction writing. Having just had a novel published on Amazon, The Wind Dancer, which is shown below, I have a few insights I’d like to share.
First though, a serious question. Why are you writing? This answer can change over time, and in my mind there is no ‘right’ answer. In fact, most authors I know have a bunch of reasons they write, sometimes even contradicting ones .The reason I ask is because one of the reasons I write is to share what I think is a cool something. It can be a character, an idea. whatever. The point is to share. And in our modern world that means publishing, rather it be by blog or novel.
I’ve heard people say that writing fiction, especially novels is just too hard, and the money isn’t that great for what you have to do, which in my experience is true. Personally though, I love writing fiction, as I’m writing what I want to read. I always start with ‘wouldn’t it be cool if…’ and take it from there. If others share in my enjoyment, than that doubles it. The hard part for me isn’t the writing, it’s the editing, and all the work that leads up to it being published. I keep improving on the work, because I want to present as close as I can the perfect story, and will work a long time at it, *knowing* that it will never be perfect. Crazy, I know. Still to my mind that is what this storytelling stuff is all about. Telling a story that will make others go ‘gee!’
In my experience, knowing the answer to why you write is the one thing that will always see you through the hard parts of the process. Say, wouldn’t it be cool if…
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