Saturday, February 25, 2012
It is emotionally costly to write well. Dancers, for example, know that they're going to have bloody feet. Pianists know that they'll have to practice until the pain in their fingers makes them cry. Writing a novel is not like writing a letter. Writing a novel is mentally exhausting, far harder than a nine-to-five job. When you write a novel, you live the lives of your characters
This quote from www.peacecorpswriters.org 'Day 46' is so true! As I pounded out a critical turning point scene this morning I could feel the emotions of my characters flow through me. It is difficult to squeeze those emotions into prose and be satisfied with the result. More difficult than I could have ever imagined before I began writing this story.