I think Winston Churchill said it best. Writing is an adventure, a lovely form of schizophrenia that is acceptable in today’s society. So, where does the adventure start? Is it at three am, when you wake up sweating and have to write something down on paper? Or could it be when you are grabbing a low-fat latte with your friends and mention an idea, something small, which they help cultivate until you finally bend to the idea of writing. Then you break. You write for hours at a time. Before you know it, you have a first draft.
Maybe your a Work-A-Holic. maybe you cannot stand for something to be unfinished. Is that when it takes off, the editing process? Do you write and feel a release because, now, you can look at things as they truly are -black and white words on paper?
Who ever you are, what ever makes you think “I can do this”, I think you should always think of it as an adventure. If you aren’t happy with it while your writing it, how can someone be happy while reading it? If you aren’t thrilled to sit at your computer for three hours straight, how can you assume an agent or editor will enjoy pouring over your manuscript? You can’t expect someone else to be happy with your work unless you are.
When starting a new book I think of it as a new way to escape. If I’m following the same story, town, characters or building a new world from the ground up, I always get excited about entering those two little words. CHAPTER ONE. It sends a thrill down my spine. I get this goofy grin on my face. I know everything is going to be fine, because I’m doing what I was put on this earth to do. WRITE.