To me, writing is an adventure; it takes you to uncharted territory, provides hair-raising, nail-biting journeys, which are entertaining and sometimes, rewarding.
I am a “pantser,” meaning I write by-the-seat-of-my-pants. I do not begin and then follow a detailed, complex outline. I create as I go. I begin with an idea, a character and an ending. What happens to the characters, how they evolve, what paths they choose is the adventure. When I sit in front of that computer/Ipad, I am never exactly sure what event will lead to the next event.
It is like paddling down a river armed with the basics supplies (a kayak, paddle, PFD, water, food) but no map. I am unsure what lies ahead in the water, what people I might encounter or what challenges might be in the water. It’s a river; it has to end and I know where I plan to get out of my kayak. On my writing adventure, I am armed with computer, pen, paper, thesaurus and my imagination. I just don’t know what lies ahead, what writing blocks might occur. It’s a story: the characters evolve and their story ends.
Just like I enjoy reading a good book or watching a good movie, I enjoy molding the characters, developing the tension and building a viable, complex plot. I feel good when a scene comes together. I get caught up in the creation and it is like starting a thrilling adventure. It’s exciting, entertaining and exhilarating!
Okay, sometimes it doesn’t come together. You can’t think of the right word or phrase, you rewrite a scene again and again because that section just isn’t working. Then you pull your hair, bite your nails. That is not the fun part of a writing adventure.
Hopefully, it is also rewarding. You reread something you wrote the day before and think, “wow, I wrote that? I like it.” The story lines are intertwining and the plot is moving forward. Of course, other rewards include: the agent, the publisher and most importantly, the reader who likes it.
I love writing; I love the creation of strong character who travels her own journey and comes out of that journey a changed person. She often influences others in her world.
Join me in the blogs on my adventures of writing.–Reece
“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.” Stephen King On Writing