By Ali Cross
There’s nothing quite like the newness and wonder of working on a new project, when the ideas come at a frenetic pace and your mind is full of the possibilities. For me, that’s bliss.
When I first begin a project, I feel like I’m cracking open a good book. I’m thrilled to discover out what comes next, to see the characters reveal themselves and face their challenges.
The writing won’t always stay this way—at least it doesn’t for me.
At some point the need to put the story on paper will fade and I’ll have to hunt for the pieces, connecting the words that come in seemingly random patterns until they paint a picture.
Later, the hard work of editing and revising and making sense of all that I wrote the first time will keep this story alive in my mind for a long time. Later, I’ll bleed sweat and tears over the process of writing and completing a story, until I can finally say The End, and mean it.
For now though, I’m going to strap myself in and enjoy the wild ride of a newborn story. I live for this.
How about you? What’s your favorite part of writing?