Today I have a special blog for you from a friend of mine named Livy who puts together this AWESOME magazine for teen girls called Crown of Beauty! She just released another (yes, another!) book, and has been so kind as to share a blog with us about her book, her writing process, and her heart. I think this will be just what some of you need to hear!
A Creative Spirit is a blessing from Heaven. (Really, it is.)
Although, I will be the first to admit, that there are days when it feels like a curse.
Walking around this tattered planet with so many words, visions, characters, and lands, locked up inside your belly can make you feel like an over-due pregnant lady.
The only problem, is that you’ve been pregnant for years. The visions that you’ve seen in your heart, and the characters that you’ve chatted with over tea in your brain, are so vividly real to you.
At first, the idea of writing a novel is exciting and whimsical. Words rush out of your soul like a waterfall, tumbling onto the pages, and you’re ecstatic to release what you’ve been dreaming of for so long! The first twenty-five or fifty pages are like bliss.
“This is going to be a best-seller!” You squeal to nobody but yourself, “This world needs my story! If only Jane Austen could see me now; she would be so proud!”
But then, the hardships hit. Everything freezes up, your brain is in a total fog, and you feel like jumping ship. “This is the worst idea ever!” You scream, ready to throw your story through the paper-shredder. “How could I possibly be any LESS original than this?! I stink! I am never going to be a successful writer!”