It's a terrible thing to be an authorIt’s a terrible thing to be an author.It's a terrible thing to be an author2 weeks ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
With each story we tell we get a little more afraid.
What if the next one isn’t as good?
What if this is the best I can do?
What if I can't do it again?
We stand there waiting, hoping, praying that those who read our works enjoy them. Sometimes they do. But when they don't, when they cast our stories aside we feel pain. With each lose we question ourselves and we become our own worst enemies. We interrogate ourselves, hoping to find out where we went wrong.
Sometimes it’s maddening. The voices that echo in our heads. The tales that DEMAND to be told. The characters who simply will not remain silent. We hear them all regardless of if we want to or not. There is no turning them off.
And we know the feeling of true loss when those voices vanish. When we’re left alone desperately trying to grasp and recapture the thoughts that once filled our minds. And it is then that we feel that we have failed.
It's an amazing thing to be an authorIt’s an amazing thing to be an author.It's an amazing thing to be an author2 weeks ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
We get to spin our stories and watch as the characters and the world begin to unfold in front of us.
We stand shoulder to shoulder with our heroes, laugh manically with our villains, and swoon with our lovers.
We stand on the highest peaks and look down at this which we have created. We mold it, coaxing it along so it’s how we want it to be. Sometimes we bring it peace, sometimes we burn it to the ground, and other times we simply let it be in all its glorious revolting chaos.
In a way we take a part of ourselves and put it into our works, breathing life into them so they might live if only for a moment or two in that spark of pure creation and joy.
We give voices to those who would otherwise remain silent.
We marshal forces that would otherwise remain lame.
We ask questions when others would be silent.
And above all we entertain those who choose to listen to our particular tale.