Winston Churchill. Babe Magnet.
Ordinarily, I shy away from these. “Thoughts of the Day” are usually useless platitudes which serve only to sell “inspirational” posters that make you want to tear them down the second time you read them.
But as a man who wrote a book or two, old Winston had a couple of smart things to say on the subject of writing. I think we can all appreciate his wisdom:
“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.”
I am sure we have all been there. The first heady rush as we sit down at the computer. The thrill as we create our characters. The dialogue which is always better in your head than when it appears, haltingly, on the screen.
Then the slog. The slow parts, the headaches. The constant revisions. The places where, no matter how often you rework it, it just doesn’t work. The soul-sucking tedium where you try, just once, to have the passion on the page match the passion in your mind.
Then, the triumph when the book is finished. The last, joyous edit. The approval of the cover art. Then, finally, a tearful farewell. It’s gone! It’s done!
I can’t wait to start another one.