“When you write the first word on a blank page, there’s no telling where it will take you. Like the first steps of a journey along an unknown road.” – J. R. R. Tolkien
Writing a book is like a journey, and you may have an idea in your head about how it might go, but, at the end of the day, the creative process will lead you where it wants as much as you will lead it. At least, that has been my experience. When I started writing The Master of Names, I actually had no clue how the story was going to end. All that I was certain of was that I had a story to tell, and I wanted to put it on the page.
Like any journey, the writing process had both times of excitement & enthusiasm and times that felt like climbing up a steep hill. There were roadblocks I hit along the way. Procrastination was a big one. As a creative person, I was very skilled at coming up with excuses and reasons not to write. However, the brilliant thing about writing is that you can always go back to it and start up again.
Some people may be content to write only occasionally, perhaps in emails, texts, shopping lists, or casting online opinions into the ether. I think writers though, like travellers, always feel that urge to see where a story can take them and inevitably get itchy fingers to put pen to paper. No matter how long I put off writing, it is always something I come back to. I am very grateful to God for the level of creativity He has given me. As a Christian, I count it as a gift from Him.
For those who are thinking about embarking on their own writing journey, I highly encourage it. It can be hard work at times but keep going. Sit down. Write about anything that pops into your head. Your biggest critic is yourself, so don’t be afraid to take the first step. And remember, being a writer has no retirement age.