I recently took a giant leap in my writing life. Most of you know (my faithful readers) that I wrote a book last November, and that I was beginning revisions a few months ago. After doing two rewrites, I decided it was time to send my book out to be read -- well this is huge for me. I rarely ever let anyone read my work, especially a novel! However, I know that I will never grow as a writer if I don't let my work get torn to shreds. Choosing who to send my book to was tough, and it's been hard waiting as she reads it. The person I decided on has a lot of experience with both reading and editing. It's someone I respect, and I look forward to her feedback.
I feel a little outside of my comfort zone, but as each day passes, I forget that my little piece of artwork is on someone else's desk, being read by a different set of eyes. I cringe at the thought of something that I might have left out, or an inconsistency that I might not have corrected. Now I wait -- I wait to hear what she thinks, I wait to discover how my writing looks to someone else... I guess you could say, I'm growing up?
As a child, I would scribble on notebook paper pretending to be writing stories. I could not read at that point, but I was persistent at making sure that others would listen to the words that I claimed I had written. I chose books that allowed for me to get lost within the twisting drama and drawn out love stories. I would pretend that I was the main character, reacting in shock if she was in shock, and devastated if she was devastated. Now I write, creating my own adventures, and breathing life into characters that have been inside of me for a long time. The passion that I feel with each word that I write can only be described through the characters I write about. I am a fly by the seat of your pants kind of writer. Most of the time I do not know what the character will be doing until he or she is doing it. It keeps it interesting, and allows me to live life right beside them. If I never become a published writer, I will always have my characters and for me that is the write life!