Chapter 1: She tried to console her sobbing heart. What soothing words could she offer when they both knew the truth? There would be no new episodes of Scandal for months! What was she going to do?!
People sometimes get it twisted. They think that writers sit at desks and ink up page after page after page with the single intent of publishing a best seller. This is only a partial truth. What writer does not want the offspring of their thoughts and inspirations to be so widely received and deeply enjoyed that it wins an award and flies off the shelves? Of course that is one of the motivators. But sometimes writers write just to write.
Although a writer may have a specific audience that they write for, that audience is not always the target. Writers often turn to their craft for therapy when they are stressed, need to escape or want to express feelings but not to a person in particular. We go to our writing place and turn ourselves inside out and leave whatever was in us on the pages. While there are other stress relievers, for many writers, writing is the best.
Also, what about when something insanely crazy, bizarre or spectacular floats across your mind? What do you do with that? Shun it because it’s unrealistic and does not fit into what we have been trained to believe is plausible? Abort it because it’s weird and no one would have an interest? Not a writer. A writer simply can’t bury ideas. We let ideas bury us and then we claw our way up to the surface, leaving behind a trail of magical, thought provoking page turners. Who said that stars never come down to earth and visit in human form? What if taking a picture created an alternative reality for everyone in it immediately in a parallel universe? We are just as excited to see what happens next when we write as you are as you read.
It pleases me that others find inspiration or entertainment in my work. It means more to me when readers like the pieces that begin as simple rants and raves in my mind that I had to get out in order to make room for more. When I am really lucky, those episodes last long enough or provide enough material that a book is born.
As I watch my pen come to life with each letter that it writes, I get lost in the story that begins to unfold. My hope is that whoever picks up my contribution to literature will get as lost in it as I do each time I put my paper to pen.
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