There is a writer in all of us

Posted by: Yosha

I am fascinated by people who can actually figure out stories, write them down and get them published. I started to wonder – does everybody have a novel in them, and they just need to get it down on paper? Do I? I decided to test myself.

I wrote my own first novel and yes, I actually finished it. I gave it to friends to read, and they liked it. So far, so good!

Then I submitted it to a publisher. No guts, no glory, right? I got back a lukewarm response, but not a flat out no. The editor gave me some suggestions and said rewrite and resubmit.

Now I find myself staring at the words I wrote, and for the life of me, I can’t actually get new words down on the paper. They just won’t come out. I know published authors write and rewrite and rework, in order to get their books published, but I just can’t seem to do it.

So, what makes authors different from the rest of us? From me? What is the creative process going on in their head that lends itself to this process?

Do you have a story in your head? Have you ever tried to write it down? Have you tried to get it published?

I’d love to hear about your thoughts or experiences, whether you are an author or a reader.


2 Responses to “There is a writer in all of us”

  1. Jennifer A. Ray Says:

    Yosha, I am so excited for you that you finished your book! I have my fingers crossed it will find the right publishing home soon.

    I think that it is true we all have a story in us. Whether or not we have the ability to tell it ourselves is another matter.

    I’ve got several plots rolling around my own head. I’ve started one of the stories, but had trouble with some of the plot points – the major ones. So, I think maybe that isn’t the story I want to write first. I don’t know. Free time is at a premium these days, and maybe once I find some more time I can work it out.

    Writers are my heroes, though. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to write a whole novel myself, with characters that intrigue and a story that captures readers’ imaginations. I am so grateful for those authors who can.

  2. J.K. Coi Says:

    Oh my, that’s wonderful! Just getting that story out on paper is an amazing first step. Congratulations. But you know the book isn’t finished just because you write “the end”. When it comes to the revision and editing process, I would say just give it a little time. Often, after working so hard to get the thing done, we need to take a few steps back for a while to let it settle before trying to tackle it again.

    When you do sit down to edit the book, the hard part will be keeping the story fresh and exciting in your own mind. Once you’ve been over it again and again, it can seem to lose some of that spark that got you writing in the first place. I think that’s where some people falter. When it feels too much like the day job, then it’s work all of a sudden and that isn’t as interesting. You have to keep in mind what made you fall in love with this story to begin with and hopefully you’ll find it in you to finish.

    Good luck!

    J.K. Coi
    Immortals to Die For

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