Writing is one of the most challenging creative talents one can have, at least in my opinion. Why? Anyone can write and anyone can come up with creative ideas but not everyone has the drive, desire or ability to make those ideas come to life in the pages of a book. Making words come to life, to make them truly live, takes a lot of hard word, strength and a lot of heart. Right now you might be thinking, “What is this girl babbling on about?” Well, what I’m “babbling” about is the fact that authors need to be able to put their all into their stories so the reader feels every emotion and goes on every adventure with the hero or heroine. People don’t pick up books because they want a good coffee table item; they pick up a book because they want to be taken out of their lives for a while. They want an escape from whatever is stressing them out and they want that escape through the words of a book. This is where the author comes in. It is our job to make sure that our readers believe the words we write, even if the words we are writing create a story of fiction or fantasy. We have to be convincing that the world we’ve created is possible. Of course, this is no easy task.
I have been writing creatively since I was 8-years-old, I’m in my early 30s now. I have written stories ranging from snowy shoe feet (a story I wrote when I was in Elementary school), to vampires fighting angels and my newest book about angels and their battle with their fallen brothers and sisters. As you probably have guessed by now I am a fantasy author. I write books about things you think could exist but your logical side knows they probably don’t. It is my job to turn down the volume on your logical side and awaken the creative side. I want you to get lost within the pages of my books, to feel the emotions my characters feel and to go on their adventures with them. I want you to hate me for hurting a character and I want you to love me when two of your favorite characters fall in love. That’s what authors strive for, to grip their readers and not let them go until the very last page or even beyond that. But this isn’t always easy to do. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve struggled just to get the first sentence of a story out of my head and onto paper. I have used the “delete” button more times than I care to admit and even now as I am writing this article I am wondering if I should be saying something different, something more convincing.
Writers, at least in my experience, are constantly questioning themselves wondering if what their writing will make sense to their readers. Will their readers be captivated enough to keep reading or will their hook be their only saving grace? Are they creating something that has already been done over and over again, a thought that crossed my mind many times as I wrote my first book, Midnight To Sunrise, which was a vampire novel. There are so many fears that go into being an author but perhaps none more frightening than the fear of rejection. Not just from agents and publishers but from the readers themselves. If any agent or publisher rejects you that’s one thing, it is a given in this field, but if a reader rejects you odds are they won’t be picking up you newer books.
After hundreds of rejection letters from agents and publishers I have come to realize one thing your focus shouldn’t be on writing a story that an agent or publisher will enjoy and want it’s focusing on writing a story your readers will enjoy. After all they’re the ones who will be supporting your career and giving you a career in the first place…at least that’s the hope. If you can remember who you’re writing for and you like what you’re writing then you won’t ever fail, no matter how many rejection letters you might get.