Today is November's contribution to Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group.
And this month's question is:
“What's my favorite aspect of being a writer?”
The answer: Being able to create my own worlds and characters.
Seems like an obvious answer, right? Who wouldn't want to be in charge of a world? Making the rules. Deciding who lives or dies. Heck, having the final say over what happens to my characters and my world is just plain intoxicating. As Mel Brooks once said, "It's good to be the king."
But now that I think about it, I realize that being able to create worlds is not the full answer. I could do all that creating in the privacy of my own head and never write a single word. What gets my juices flowing is sharing those worlds and characters with others. The people and places in my stories may feel real to me when I dream them up, and even more real when I put them down on paper, but when I share those stories with other people, the realness factor jumps by an order of magnitude. And the more people I share my story with, the better.
But none of that will happen if I don't finish my story, so I'm determined to keep writing until the world has a chance to see my completed story.
That’s the attitude that keeps me coming back to the manuscript during those dark days when the words don’t come.