What I’ve learned so far

Well, Hold My Heart is finally at the hands of the betas.

Almost three years of blood, sweat and tears. Do I think it’s ready? Hell no. In my eyes, it will never be ready; but I can’t keep messing with it anymore.

This morning while working out, I listened to a book titled Stein on Writing by Sol Stein. As an Educator by trade, I can’t help it; I’m always looking for ways to learn, grow, and improve myself. Listening to this book made me think about what I’m trying to accomplish by entering the world of writing at this stage of my life.

As an avid reader, I’d say I’ve read hundreds of books. Do I remember each and every one? Absolutely not. But now and again, I run into a book  that grabs me and doesn’t let me go. So I’ve realized something: it’s not how good or bad a book is, but whether the book stirs emotions in me.

So, is a book horrible? What makes it horrible? As a communicator, I’m well aware that meaning lies in the receiver (in this case the reader),  not the sender (the author).

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So, ladies and gents, I’ll be eating crow because all this time I was reading a book that stirred negative emotions in me I thought of it as a bad book. Instead, I’m the dummy. I  should have realized that is a sign of a good writer. Because whether I liked it or not, the book made me hate; made me angry; made me want to hurl the ipad across the room. And that, is an example of what a successful writer is. Conveying emotions within the reader. Whether they’re pleasant or unpleasant emotions. Having said that, there are truly bad books out there – full of bad grammar, faulty reasoning, poor story-telling. Hopefully my book won’t fall into that category.

So what have I learned so far? I can’t please everyone. I can only try to convey my characters’ emotions through words to the best of my ability, in order to stir emotion within the reader. Most importantly, I have to stay true to myself and my characters. Am I ready for reviews to come? Hell No. Like students reviews, I’ll take them personally.

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One thing I know for sure right now. Once my book is out, I hope to stir emotions through my writing. Whether those emotions are intense love for it, or intense hate, that will let me know I’ve done my job as a writer.

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