The best part of writing is, well, writing. Yes, there are times when I feel like shouting at the moon because sentences aren't working, scenes aren't coming together, or the rhythmic flow of the paragraph that I just spent two hours writing is all wrong, but mostly writing is the good part. It's where I get to immerse myself in a cool stream of imagination. When I write, I am transported to another place, become another person, live in another context. Once the writing is flowing, I can escape into that world, similar to traveling from London to Narnia. This is one of the best parts of writing: living in an alternate universe that I actually have some control over. If I don't like what just happened, I can erase or delete it and have the ultimate do-over that real life never gives.
Still, while the alternate universe can be entertaining, on its own, it is rather empty. I need to share that other world and the people in it with the people who populate this world. Sharing what I've written is an essential for me. Watching the characters and their story entertaining someone else gives me a joy beyond description.
Needing to share my creations with others means that I need to find an audience, and that means I have to market the work. For me, this is the most challenging part of the writing process. It is a journey through a dark forest. In the next blog, I'll share some of my experiences of the journey. Although I don't have a map to get through the forest, I have come across some road signs and have been given directions by friendly inhabitants.
These I'll share next time.
Thanks for reading! C.F.