Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Writer’s Life: Escape

Part of the reason I've been posting a bit less frequently throughout the past several weeks, in addition to being busy with things like cross-country trips and graduation activities, is because I've been devoting as much free time as possible to working on my novel. Even though I have always dreamed of becoming a published author someday, ultimately, I’m writing my first book for a couple simple reasons – because I love doing it and because more than anything else, writing frees me.

While I may not be able to control everything that happens in my own life, both good and bad, when I write fiction, I am taken away. There, instead of dwelling on the realities of my personal story, I'm focused on the challenges and successes of characters that have transitioned from my head to the page, where they continuously teach me new things and help me along every step of the way. And when a scene inevitably doesn't turn out the way I want it to, I know I always have the power to simply rewrite, rework and revise until it does, continuously altering fates and outcomes until their purpose becomes clear. 

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That's why, whether or not this book is ever intriguing enough to catch the eye of an agent or publisher, the simple act of challenging myself to write it has without question revitalized my spirit and given my imagination a welcome place to escape. My characters have become friends and confidants who, in trying to find their own way, are in turn helping me find mine. 

What's your escape? 

9 comments:

  1. This is dynamic! Awesome, Heather. Just like you.

    I want to read your novel SO bad. I will buy my copy and have you sign it! Keep writing, Heather!!! You are amazing!!!

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  2. This is great! You should write first and foremost because you love it, not because you want to be published. I'm glad to hear you've been devoting time for your writing. :)

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  3. Good for you for writing this novel for yourself above all others. I wish that my escape was as noble as yours, but unfortunately mine is reality TV. It's super low-brow, but sometimes I just get tired of thinking :/

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  4. It's bad for my bank account, but I'm a shopper. Ugh, I wish it was something more rewarding...

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  5. I love your dedication to something you are passionate about..good luck with the novel...can't wait to read it someday!

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  6. Would love to read your novel some day, so keep up the good work and hurry up so we can enjoy it soon!!!

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  7. It's so great you have that Heather...best of luck to you as you continue with your writing! My escape is playing piano - I get that same sense of release and it's a time I don't have to think about anything else other than just playing the music.

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  8. Good for you for the challenge!!!

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  9. i'm excited to read more about your experience writing your novel.

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