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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Writer's Journey

Okay, so I received another rejection letter for my submission of a historical novel.  After the proverbial punch to the gut passed, I realized I was fine with it.  Unlike a standard form letter, the editor took the time to give me positive feedback about my work.  Her words encouraged me, softening the edges of my initial disappointment.  Of course, rationalizations will get you everywhere.  However, Confucius says, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step," and that is how I view this writing process, as a journey.
The road can be a long, winding, uphill battle.  Sometimes I fly along, the creative juices flow, while the miles breeze by and the pages turn.  I see 'the end' just over the horizon.  Other times, the ideas dry up, I'm out of gas, and I grind to a halt.  This all comprises the writer's journey. But as long as I'm enjoying the ride, I will continue and I am.
Why wouldn't I?  I have my characters to keep me company.  They often take the lead, surprising and delighting me with the unexpected turns they choose to take -- whether I plan for these detours or not.  My story brings me to different time periods and on exciting adventures.  In writing historical novels, I also pick up fascinating tidbits along the research route. Just the other day, one of my critique partners shared with me the origins of the expression "cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey." Great stuff.
Through joining writing groups, attending conferences and workshops, I have met wonderful people and formed lasting friendships along the way. These women share similar interests and experiences.  They can relate to characters talking in their heads, jotting down ideas in the middle of the night, or struggling to drive and write at the same time.  They also understand the many hours spent holed up alone, immersed in another world, and the annoyance of reality snapping you back to the present.
Writing is a journey.  I may not reach my destination today or tomorrow, but as along as I can enjoy the ride, I'm on board for the whole trip.


Nina Roth Borromeo said...

Vicki, you're a great "ship-mate" for this journey. I love reading your books and I can't wait for more! -Signed, your #1 non-psycho fan, Neen

Tara Holt said...

Vicki -- great blog. I can't wait to read your next manuscript. The two manuscripts so far are simply wonderful, and will be published at some point, I'm sure. Writing definitely is a journey of a thousand miles!

Dalton said...

"Brass Monkey, that funky monkey!" Great, now I can't get the Beastie Boys out of my head!

Your writing is wonderful, your critiquing invaluable, and this journey will lead you anywhere you want it to go. You're doing exactly what you need to be doing to get there.