It’s been awhile–as usual…and I’m especially aware of how important consistent support is important for me as part of the writing process. I’ve chosen to have a writing consultant, Julie Rodriguez. She was unavailable for awhile; and while I “heroically” continued without her, it was tempting not to “bother”.After all, there were many other demands on my time, with other people interested in what I could contribute; whereas my fiction writing–no one else seems to be really all that interested…It’s the old cliche: If a tree falls in the forest and no-one hears it, does it make a noise? If I write a story and no-one reads it, does it “make a noise”? Is it worth doing it?
I can answer for myself: fiction writing feeds my soul in a way nothing else does. So it is worth it.
And it’s hard for me to hold on to that when I slog along in isolation. It makes all the difference to have someone read my material, and give me ideas about how to go from here. It helps me to get unstuck. A nudge about how something more decisive is needed to move the story along; or if a theme comes up, and seems “to take over”: go with it (as a story–and the characters–have a life of their own)…this makes all the difference to me and my ability to tell the story I want to tell.
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