Originally this was put together in February of this year but following the Word Press Akismet coalition fiasco ’twas lost unto the WP community.
And since I wish to encourage writers…..I offer.
Firstly to the new writer, just starting out.
Yes, you’ve made progress on your work, but suddenly you are assailed by a whispering dread. ’Is it worth all this time and effort? What happens if someone reads it and doesn’t like it?’
If those sly words haven’t reached you yet, they will.
Follow me as I turn to writers of some experience, not all of it good.
Ahem….to the experienced folk….
Hi folks. I have a new writer here who I’ve scared a bit about the ‘D’ word. Yes, I agree with you, would that Doubt were banished from the lexicon of the writer’s experiences, but what can you do? We’re all human and apart from the most obnoxious egotists we are all prone to it, being part of the human composition.
So. Let us consider not those tendrils curling about your creativity in an effort to stifle your creativity. Instead let us consider those signs pointing out you are doing your level best. Let address your worries
Worry 1. I Really Must Catch Up On Everyone’s Blogs….Sometime, Soon
This one needs addressing promptly because it is the most challenging. You’re reading this thus you are in the blogosphere. You read them, your write them. You form bonds with other bloggers. You like their posts and you get to ‘chat’ with them, exchange views, support, ask questions and so forth. You might do this on a daily or other regular basis. And then one day you suddenly drop off the radar. Why? Well you know don’t you?
Yes, you are caught up in your writing. The time you have available to ‘tap’ the keyboards have been inexorably taken up with your latest project. It’s not that you don’t care about these folks, got bored with them, or become selfish. Oh no, you have been drawn into your work, deep. There is exploration on plot, motivations, characters to be attended to. Re-writes, checking for typos. You try and snatch some time on WP to let folk know you are there and well, for you know the dear genuine folk will worry if you are not around, it’s that sort of community. Meanwhile it is back to your work, for this has become the principal attention of your creativity. Within the part of you which is the writer a spark has ignited, one beyond the usual chemistry of writing. You are now in the centre of the writing equivalent of the nuclear fusion process which brings in birth a star. And here you are. Your novel has ascended and drawn you upwards. Embrace this, the future of your valuable work is calling you. A brief message apologising, the good people of WP community will understand.
Worry 2. On Retunring to the world of your book. Hey Characters! How Have You Guys Been? I Missed You!
You finally find the time in your day to sit at your laptop and pick up where you left off on the narrative. You want to speak with your characters, you’ve been thinking about them all day, wondering how they will react to your latest idea. You want to know if this will work for them. You’ve missed their approach to life or been worrying how they’ve been coping. There are various views about characters taking hold of the narrative from a writer or whether they should be kept under control. Whichever viewpoint you take if you are engaging with your characters to the point, they are not pieces on a gameboard or out of cliché central to move along the Plot Above All Else, then they are alive and they are vibrant. Work with them for sometimes you just have to listen to them. It can be quite invigorating when a character looks you in the allegorical eye and with folded arms and raised eyebrow resulting from something you have rattled off and says to you ‘Really?
Worry Number 3. (Actually not yours but anyone you share a home with)….Are You Feeling OK?
Yes, it can be a bit disconcerting for the person who happens to be in the same room as you. They are sitting there working on some craft project, doing a jig-saw, reading or attending to their own laptop, you are ‘tip-taping away when suddenly for your direction they hear a sibilant ‘Yesssssss!’ and notice one of your fists is clenched and shaking in what can only be described as a gesture of triumph. Then there will be the occasion when odd words spring from your lips such as ‘Alll-right!’ ‘ Got—-It!!’ ‘Rock AND Roll!’ or other such random and statements unconnected to the current surroundings. There might even be a gentle laugh followed by ‘Oh yeah. It works,’ or even nothing apart from the laugh.
After a while a patience and astute companion will realise you are simply expressing delight that amongst all of the words you are producing there are some passages which you are particularly enthusiastic about or proud of.
We all have to admit we are plagued by worry over parts of the book and if left to our own devices might be tinkering with the thing for decades. However if you do encounter yourself lapsing into one of these episodes of vocalised joy, you should realise you are certainly on the right track. Yes there will be those nagging little parts which might just well have to be steam rollered over. If you are connecting this way with even one small part of your work you are mining your true potential. Keep on keeping on.
Not So Much a Worry…More A Batle-Cry…’So What? I mean, Like So **** What? You Don’t Like It? This Is Me Not Caring’
This may be a ‘just me then’ interlude. However I do feel it is worth voicing. There are many useful, cogently constructed and intelligently helpful posts, blogs even book about what to do and what not to do when writing. I accept this to be so.
However where my teeth start to bare (I picked up the habit from one of my characters Arketre, fierce person when provoked), hackles rise and fists clench in a not happy way is when would be krit-tiks, folk who never wrote anything apart from snark and the literary fashionista start to pick and pry and come up with cliched or lazy commentary which proves they never read the whole thing. Where I dig my heels in and snort derision or scratch my head around above my left ear and say ‘yeah, yeah’ is when someone tells me my work is ‘interesting’, but……..
In short, if you have written it, it is yours. You did a damn good job to get it completed and if some part of the world doesn’t like it, or not understand it, you cannot be held responsible for their lack of comprehension.
If you believe your work has the right to be put out there in one form or another. Then, you dear writer are cookin’. Advice is one thing. Guidance is helpful. As for the rest…LIKE I (bad word) CARED!
Might not sell books, but it will ensure you get your book completed.
Therefore fellow writer, if you are experiencing one or more of these , you are on your way and more power to you. If you are not, well keep on they will turn up sooner or later.
The world might well be waiting for you.