Friday, April 14, 2017

Creative Writing: A Leap of Faith

The realm of creative writing demands an inevitable leap of faith. We do not worry about how or where the journey will lead us.

We are not worried about the consequences. We do not care whether the book will finally find a home in one of the publishing houses or whether it will face rejections.

We don't worry about reviews. In our daydreams, we are sure our readers will love everything that we wrote.

We don't worry about the fate of the protagonists when we begin writing. We have full faith, that it will end well. After all, all is well that ends well.

It is just the journey that matters. If we worry, we face a wall called writer's block. 

When we experience the entire journey of novel writing as an act of faith, it becomes mesmerizing. The characters which had only a blurry outline, in the beginning, starts to get a solid 3-D image with every word that we write.

We string together words to make a sentence, sentences together to make a paragraph, paragraphs together to make a scene and scenes together create our chapters.

The entire process is a leap of faith. Even if we plot each and every scene, we have no way of knowing whether it will come out as vividly as we had thought it would. Yet, we write.

After producing a very crappy first draft, we sit down to polish it. Like a diligent diamond cutter who cuts away the precious diamond to make them sparkle more, we cut away redundant phrases, scenes, and even characters.

After the many drafts, when we submit it to our editor, we hope they will value your creation. We want them to handle our baby with care. We expect them to groom it without losing its essence.

We believe everything will turn out fine in the end. We would find a good publisher, readers would love our work and critics would praise our work.

Every writer is a dreamer. We create a parallel universe which is inhabited by the characters we create. We love escaping to this place which is our own perfect haven.

Is there anything more magical than this leap of faith that we writers take?

 During this A-Z April Challenge, I am exploring the A-Z journey of writing a Novel with examples from Literature.

The Letter of the day is L

Linking this post  to Blogging from A-Z

Have you read the Letters A, B, C, D, EFGH  I  J K?
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  1. This is so beautiful and yes I agree to every ounce you wrote. We dream of our characters and we take a leap of faith.

    1. Glad you think the same way, Roma! Thank you for reading.

  2. Beautifully penned.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Read mine here- KOLKATA IS THE CITY OF JOY

  3. A leap of faith is magical, Preethi!
    We love happy endings. Faith makes everything possible.

  4. This leap of faith is is so important for the author and yes when its rewarded you have the smile.

  5. Leap of faith is the right phrase .That's exactly what we do .

  6. Nice to read this.Thank you so much for sharing this article.