Being a blogger really is being a writer; even if it’s in short spurts, we are communicating. I have written a 100,000 word Young Adult Fantasy–what else? My all time favorite stories and movies are the Lord of the Rings series. And I’ve always felt that whenever I’m writing, something more than me is present, but I had the neatest thing happen today.
I had previously come across a really cool website, Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books, about, well, writing and illustrating children’s books. I began a conversation with the extraordinarily helpful owner, Kathy Temean, who said that since I dream about characters from books (I’m usually along on their adventures), I had better get started on my own children’s book. So, I did and I’m about five double-spaced pages in. Today I was kind of pooped because I had been out earlier, and I had the experience of seeing the story about my eight-year-old protagonist in my mind’s eye, as though I was reading the book in another world while I was typing it here. And when I left to go pick up my daughter, I could still see and read the book. I had to smile—how cool is that? (The driving took over shortly thereafter—thank goodness!)
And then I thought, What if all writing is like that—already written, waiting for the right writer-person to come along? A part of me believes that’s true, but does it work when creating sales brochures, or technical documents? What about people who report the news, or write about the economy? Maybe it works just with fiction, I don’t know for sure. But it sure was wonderful to read and write the story at the same time!