January 2, 2010

Worth It


Writers are not just people who sit down and write.  They hazard themselves.  Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake. ~E.L. Doctorow
As I contemplate getting back into our regular schedules after the holidays, after welcome distractions of family and entertainment and shopping and food, of traditions and meaning and blessings, I feel that little tremor of anticipation regaining its ground again. I am so excited, the tremor repeats. I will be published.
A small part of that tremor is, however, a bit of a weight. People will be reading my work, and then they will have an opinion about it. Stay down, little tremor. Isn't that why we write? To get out a story we are mixing around in our heads, something we have to say, some experience or emotion or tribulation we need to express, work through, meet in challenge, because aren't we all going through things, experiencing life in all walks? And how easy is it to think we are alone in it, and how amazing is it to find that we are not? In a book? Written by somebody?

When I read Coming Home, by Rosamunde Pilcher, I slip so easily into her hero's character it scares me. And I love it. I've read it five times.
What stories have you found an affinity to? What stories have you read and as you did, the thought came, "Yes. That's it. That's how it feels. I relate."? Do you hesitate to put your book out there?

5 comments:

Karen Jones Gowen said...

It IS scary to put your book out there and know that everyone might not like it. Some people might dislike it a lot, some will love it. Write it, get it out there, then go to work on the next one!

M. Gray said...

Well I can't wait to read it. But I definitely hear you. I suppose I will feel satisfied if at least SOMEONE will love it. :)

Bonnie said...

Oh Krista, I had a book published in 1994 and then---life happened, a lot of life---illness, death. I didn't even write a letter for eight years! I remember the excitement you speak of---love every minute of it. I remember the responsibility you feel. That's part of it. I let one person who didn't like my book, but who was so tied up in my life's tragedies, influence me way too much! Don't do that to yourself. YOU ARE A WRITER---write! The publisher already loves it! I know I'm going to love it! Lot's of people will, and some won't. DON'T you let that stop you girl! Oooh, I'm so excited for you!

Krista said...

WOW, I feel cheered! Thank you, Bonnie! I love my little fan base!

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Bonnie, just read your comment. That is so sad but I can identify. Sometimes other people's negativity and critiques can paralyze us. I hope you are writing again!

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