Growing pains

March 17, 2014

I’m growing as a writer. That’s kind of a given since generally any writer who keeps at their craft grows as a writer, but I’m going through a rough patch that I’m quite content to go through. I just received my book from my editor.

Quick detour: There’s this dream that I had once. My book came back with the barest of marks and only glowing comments. The gods of Gardas laughed and laughed…

What I received in my inbox this morning was…well it took a pin to that ballooned superego of mine. It reminded me that this is only the second book that I’ve ever written. Trust me when I say that I’ve come so much farther than where I initially started. Inside tibit: I did no world-building for my first paranormal (vampire) romance. *shudder* Can you tell I started out in clueless land or what?

Anyway, I woke to a email stating my book is ready for me to get to work. I read her comments before I started and…My editor said she ran out of colors to differentiate between errors. I laughed at that when I read her comment. No, it wasn’t to keep from crying.

For me, to grow is to embrace the struggles of that awkward phase where you don’t know what is going on and how things should work. You know, those preteen years where everyone is gangly and funny looking? Where no one understands their emotions, but everyone is in a seemingly everlasting state of feels? Yeah, that but in writing.

I’m lucky that she actually liked the book. I have some work cut out for me, but nothing quite as bad as making it through those formative years full of an abundance of emotions, pimples and a body that grew hair in unfortunate places.

If I disappear, it’s because I’m growing. It hurts, but growth worth having is never without a little bit of pain.

3 responses to Growing pains

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    World building is overated. There I said it. Now if I could just finish this first book, perhaps if I do a little world building it will just write itself…

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      *shudder* I have too much paranormal stuff going on not to world build. To me it’s like science, it has to make sense or follow some set of rules. If I don’t have rules, I can’t proceed. Without set rules, my characters, their powers, or the universe they live in would have no limitations. Imagine any superhero without a weakness. It would be boring and unrelatable. Truthfully, world building is where I have the most fun lol

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        Ha! I was kidding, mostly. I do think world building is important, but I can’t let it be the be all end all of my writing. But it is important. I get that. It’s just a very difficult thing to do and sometimes it gets in the way of the writing I want to do. But I’m glad you enjoy it. That’s why we write, right? To enjoy it.