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04-10-2012, 05:04 AM
What insane thing inspired me to become an author?

That's what I keep asking myself every time I sit down to revise my latest manuscript. The hours spent agonizing over finding the 'write' word, and the mental toll it takes to craft a whole world within three hundred pages hardly seems worth it sometimes.

That is until you experience that magic moment when you capture lightning in a bottle with that perfect phrase. Those moments make all the sacrifice 'sweeter'.

I guess I'm a little biased, but as a novelist I think the battle to create is a bit greater than someone who's writing non-fiction. Non-fiction authors tend to be journalists who are trying to find the most effective means of getting readers from point a to b. Novelists are doing this as well, but we're also (in my opinion) a little more concerned with the artistry conveyed in our craft. Also, non-fiction authors have a pre-existing story to work with; where as novelists only have their imaginations and a blank page. It's us and our minds...that's it. I think journalists are more like technicians, in their approach anyway. Novelists have to be that too...but ours is a vocation that picks you; you don't pick it. Again, before you send me flaming e-mails, I'll reiterate--this is just my opinion.

With that said, I look forward to heeding advice as well as helping others with their writing. And I hope we all experience those 'lightning in a bottle' moments more often than not. Cheers.

04-10-2012, 06:14 AM

There can be quite a lot of craft in the way one tells a non-fiction story, too. A dry recitation of facts isn't necessarily the only way to go :)

04-10-2012, 06:18 AM
Thanks 'zan'...and again, its just my opinion.

04-10-2012, 06:19 AM
Hello, and welcome!

Lord Hierarch
04-10-2012, 06:25 AM

You will be food. Nothing more.

04-10-2012, 06:46 AM
Okay Hierarch...but I know who I am though.

Lord Hierarch
04-10-2012, 06:47 AM


04-10-2012, 06:49 AM
Thanks Tepelus.

OJ Connell
04-10-2012, 07:19 AM
Welcome aboard!

04-10-2012, 07:25 AM
Welcome to AW! :)

04-10-2012, 07:47 AM
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04-10-2012, 08:01 AM
Thank you to OJ, Hannah, and Wendy.

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04-10-2012, 08:47 AM
Welcome to AW! :snoopy:

04-10-2012, 12:31 PM
Hello there, and welcome to AW.

04-10-2012, 01:58 PM

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04-10-2012, 07:46 PM
Welcome aboard

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04-10-2012, 08:24 PM
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Griffin Hayes
04-10-2012, 08:27 PM
Hi! Welcome to AW!

Mark G
04-11-2012, 12:41 AM
:welcome: Welcome to Absolute Write!