There’s not much I can do to change the world so I’m getting back to what I do–writing. And musing on the art and craft of writing. See, there is two parts to doing this job. First, writers need to know and understand the craft. Story structure, character development, plot…well, plotting. Every story–whether a short story, novella, short novel, novel, or epic tale–must have a beginning, a middle, and an end. And guess what. Each of those parts also has a…yup, you got it–a beginning, a middle, and an end. Only in the writing game, we call those parts “turning points.” Those are the twists and hints that keep a reader turning pages. Craft is the nuts and bolts of writing. The more entertaining part is the art of writing. Art is the creative part of the process. It’s thinking, the plotting, the naming and describing of characters and places. It’s designing the story that allows you to paint it with words. And what does it take to stitch all of this together? In a round-about way, the Universe has the answer.
There’s always a deeper reason, Silver, for the emotions you feel, the doubts you have, the questions you raise, and the fears you entertain.
It’s called “wanting it all.”
What a system, huh?
And you are sooooo close, Silver!
I’m alway close. But the Big U is correct. There is always a deeper reason, more emotion, more doubts and questions and fears. This is true of both creator and creation. We all have our doubts as we write, and never more so than when we release a book into the wild. But it’s important to take all those feeling and infuse them into the story. It’s that deep dive that takes our work from just a story we tell our friends to a novel that is worthy of publication and being read by strangers. And isn’t that the rush? When a stranger buys your book, reads it, and enjoys it enough to leave a good review… Yeah. That makes the rollercoaster worthwhile.