Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. ~Anton Chekhov
Doesn’t this quote define the essence of a good writer? Show me.
Do you remember the classical movie, My Fair Lady, and Audrey Hepburn’s singing with Julie Andrews’s voice? Show Me.
Before we immersed ourselves in workshops about show vs tell, we instinctively knew the difference between a boring book with paragraphs of descriptions and a fast-paced story that takes us on a ride where we experience the characters’ feelings.
Obviously while sitting in our chair, fingers hopping on the keyboard we try hard to show our characters’ actions and feelings. We often become a character to better experience their emotions, live their lives.
Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. ~E.L. Doctorow
No kidding? Are we writers schizophrenics in denial? Maybe.
My husband would agree with that quote as he repeats for the third time, “I’m talking to you. Come back. Live with us.” Too often, while I am concentrating on the story I am creating on my monitor screen I live in my little world.
Am I missing on life while I withdraw in my stories?
My friends threw a big party to celebrate my first book, TO LOVE A HERO, and advised me to start enjoying life now that I reached my goal and published a book.
But one book published wasn't my goal. I didn't stop writing and I didn't socialize more. My second book, FRENCH PERIL, came out but few of my friends bothered to congratulate me. They think I am pushing it too much.
Will I wake up one day and wish I hadn’t spent so much time on my own?
Writing is my life. I can't stop.
A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket. ~Charles Peguy
Writers do you feel isolated?
Readers do you realize how much work goes into a book creation?