Standing in front of candy-filled shelves is a good place to contemplate, because therein lies every writer’s story.
A WRITER’S TALE
Once upon a time, you heard the
of your friends upon announcing you were writing a novel.
They didn’t realize that writing provides your creative
and that when you gaze up into the
you dream of plot and character.
But hey, you’re just one of many writing
striving to live the dream.
Each writer’s path is different. Some stop and start, while others experience the
of plot flaws and banal characters. Attending writer’s club meetings or conferences helps because you take advice from savvy
and learn from the mistakes of
Back home, in the glow of the LCD screen, you practice the craft of writing, making sure to give your story that creative
Months later, you hand your manuscript over to a beta reader only to have a creative meltdown, your
as you are told that plot holes and pacing flaws riddle your manuscript.
More months pass while you rewrite and rewrite and rewrite some more. Only after wiping the sweet sweat of editing from your brow do you believe your manuscript is
with conflict and characters. Now it’s time to take the publishing plunge.
With anxiety you use your trembling
to send that first query.
And you wait…
the time of querying and the
of rejections you manage to carry on undaunted. Maybe you even begin writing your second novel.
But in the end, long weekends spent in writing caves, dark nights obsessing over plot, months of research, and countless hours of slavish devotion are done for one reason. It is the hope that your words will provide delight to a reader. Because, after all, isn’t that a real writer’s