Beneath the Surface of a Writer’s Life

Writer Iceberg
I stumbled across this wonderful graphic (by Sudio Sudarsan) of a ‘writer’s ice berg’.    Not many people, aside from we who write, know this world.  It’s lonely, scary, humiliating, and painful.  It’s also uplifting, soul filling, mind stretching and wonderful.

I count myself the luckiest of women that I developed my craft and didn’t give up when people said, ‘no’.  I am the most fortunate of writers to have realized that the process has to be planted in good soil, watered, and given lots of sunshine. Even when I am writing from a dark place.

We writers should never sit back and say, ‘I have arrived. I don’t need to grow anymore.  I am at the top of my game.’   If you’ve read any of my interviews with really famous authors, they aren’t smug….far from it…they are striving to be better just like you and I are.  I’ve found in my interaction with these authors that the more successful they are…the humbler they are.

From Sudio:   “Writing is bloody hard work. When the writer puts ink to
paper, he sits as a cat stranded on a hot tin roof. I’ve seen vapors emanate
from my ears. A clear sentence is never an accident. Think about writing as
stringing together a few sentences to transfer worthwhile thought from one
head to another. As a debuting author anxious to reach a wider audience, I
understand that you can never knock at the doors of creativity and expect an
answer. Writers wait for creativity to hunt them down, hoping their meticulous
application of scents and well-practiced calls will attract it to within striking
distance, only to accidentally run it over on the way home. How succulent is
literary road kill!”  (connect with Sudio on Twitter @iSudio)

Writers will all agree with Sudio. When a great character, a clever turn of phrase, or a brilliant twist in the story appears and slaps us up side the head……..we are wholeheartedly grateful!
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