So I have started writing a book. I’m not sure if it’s going to be good, bad or indifferent, however I have a story to tell and I need to get it out.
Maybe I shouldn’t call it a book, because a book is really a story that’s actually been published. For me that is just a dream at the moment. It is good to dream though so I’ll humour myself and stick with the term “book” for now.
Anyway, it has become apparent to me over the last few weeks that writing a book is much like reading one.
1. Living in the land of the story.
You know when you get caught up in a really good story? You think about it over coffee, dream about it and maybe even wonder what’s happening when you’re not there. When I’m not in writing mode, I still have snippets of dialogue or flashes of scenes running through my mind. I never really step away from my story.
2. Falling in love with the characters
For me to like a book, I need to connect with the main players. My story is still in it’s infancy, yet I’m completely hooked on my protagonist and their supporting cast. Even though I’ve created these fictional people, I can’t wait to get to know them better, find out their full role in the story and see how their fortunes unfold.
3. Not really know what’s going to happen next
Yes, I know this sounds weird as it was my idea that seeded the story in the first place. Obviously, I know the general gist of the plot and how I would like it to turn out in the end. However, the getting there is just as much of a mystery to me as it would be to a cold reader. The twists and turns of the story evolve as I write. It’s an amazing and exciting process.
4. It’s an escape
Reading used to be my guilty pleasure. How glorious to be tucked up with a good book and be swept away into someone else’s fantasy land. Now I love nothing more than to steal away to the world of my own creation and continue to weave my tale. It’s like a choose your own adventure but better!
5. Never wanting it to end
You know the feeling, that bitter sweet final chapter of a wonderful story. Of course, I’d love to be able to put my book “to bed” but for now I am more than content to languish in the creative process and see where my story takes me.
The irony of these insights is that, despite being an avid book-worm, I never thought I’d be able to write a whole book. Turns out I am loving writing a story for all the same reasons I love reading one.
Do you love writing as much as you love reading?