Now I just wrote a post about the hard part when it comes to writing, let’s look at the joys and the job itself. Most writers know that it’s unreasonable to be famous when beginning their career as an author, even though this does sometimes happen. It’s more realistic you will be picked up by a publisher and get your books on shelves. There will probably never be a movie made out of your book. You probably won’t be a household name, But being an author that sells books and makes a living do it is a wonderful attainable thing.
The main joy of writing for me is sending my manuscript out to the world hoping they will enjoy the story as much as I have writing it. It’s a story burning inside that has to come out. It may or may not need to be told, but it will haunt you forever if you do not put your heart into it, giving it all you got.
The love for reading is the joy in writing. If a single person reads my story and loves it as much as I did will be worth all the time spent on it. Relating to the characters I’ve watched grow and accepting or hating them as the story progresses is wonderful to experience both as a writer and avid reader. I love getting lost in a story and when I write that is as much true as when I read. I fall in love with my characters, even the bad ones. We have an intimate relationship. Somehow I’m a part of each and every one of them.
I also enjoy putting my heart in the character development. I know how I want the readers to feel about the characters I create and do my best to pass this feeling onto my readers. If I want them to hate the character as a hateful one showing the readers why they should hate them. If I want the reader to sympathize with the character, I show the pains and fears the character develops and how they came to this point. Leading the readers on a journey of the character development.
I must admit it’s nice to no longer be in the grind of punching a time clock and droning on through the work day. The very idea of going back to being one of the sheep terrifies me. Giving up the wonderful experience of taking a reader on a trip through a character’s development is something I can no longer turn a blind eye to. I’d much rather be the one who helps these living the life I no longer want to be a part of escape into MY reality is my motivation to keep doing what I do. Through the struggles, the worries, and the secrecy of being an author I find this to be the most rewarding part of writing.