Monday, November 23, 2009


By Ali Cross
(Originally posted on Ali's blog, May 28th, 2008)

It used to be, I was a caterpillar. Slowly meandering around my writing. Doing a little--doing a lot of not writing. Good intentions and all that, but not a lot of production.

During the finishing of The Devil's Daughter the last couple weeks, it was like I climbed into my chrysallis. Tucked inside the closeness of that cocoon I completed my book and learned a lot of myself in the process.

When I was finished, it was time to truly fly.

Once free of my chrysallis, I spread my wings and man they feel good!

The point of my little wanderings through the wonderful world of analogies (which I know I did very badly!) is that I truly feel like a writer now. I even had a dream the other night in which--well, it was not a tangible dream--but I woke up feeling absolutely like a writer.

I have learned, just in this past month, how to make writing a part of my every day life, how to stay focussed and how to achieve a writing goal. Where once I felt like I hoped to be a writer one day, now I feel like I am a writer. I may not be published just yet, but I feel confident that one day I will be.

And that my friends, is a wonderful feeling!


Bethany Wiggins said...

Be careful! Once the writing bug starts, it's a hard one to shake! Congrats on the book. What a huge and amazing accomplishment. May you find much success with it.

L.T. Elliot said...

I feel like I'm in the cocoon part. Just kind of lazing about. What's up with me?
I've always seen your beautiful wings and I can't wait for the rest of the world to see them too. *hugs*

Don said...

Way to go! Regular writing is the best. Now I just need to figure out how to expand my regular writing time.

Carolyn V. said...

Congrats on the butterfly! I hope to get there some day. =)