I feel a sense of adventure and a willingness to abandon the everyday is essential to writing. Before you can created an other world, you have to go there mentally, meet the locals, and get a feel for the place. In a very real sense you are going to get up every morning and go there for God knows how long. It sounds fun and it is, but as the old saying goes, “familiarity breeds contempt.” The excitement slows down. The characters won’t talk to you. You have to pull conversation from them. Finding new words and new ways to explain what’s happening gets tough.
After a while it’s like work. This is where most people give up. The process reminds me of Jesus’ parable of the sower and the seed. Those by the wayside, without root, or choked are writers. Those who persevere to the end are authors. Sometimes, even after you make it to the end, you are so damned tired of the thing you don’t want to look at it again. Of course, that doesn’t stop you from asking everybody else to read it.
This probably and excellent place to add that And Come Out Fighting; Tales of Guts and Glory, goes on sale tomorrow.