Author Ursula K. LeGuin said,
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
My first creative language is art and my second is music. Those two are usually hand-in-hand with lyrical language, performance, and multimedia. I fully admit that constructing sentences to make stories does not (in any way) come easily to me.
This book writing “journey” requires an enormous amount of titan-level effort from me. The best way I can describe it is this: words are like thousands of puzzle pieces which are all the same color, yet I have to fit them together to construct an accurate picture of my thoughts and ideas. If that wasn’t monumental enough, they need clarity of language so that a reader can see and understand what I mean. I feel handicapped and frustrated by trying to express my thoughts and ideas with words. But, I do have a valid reason for continuing.
The other arts (music and visual come to mind) can be done in solace, a lone sojourn towards expression. I have made hundreds of songs and pieces of artwork over the years, all on my own. However, it seems that writers don’t work well in a vacuum. Many need a conclave, a tribe to share ideas and to check their stories. I discovered that most writers need someone to help them to finish. They need a gentle nudge–and often a kick in the pants–to get them towards their goals.
I am on this journey because I strongly believe in my husband, daughter, brother, and dear writer friends (you know who you are.) They are incredible wordsmiths who do have the ability to shape these sticks and curves into something beautiful and meaningful. Let us hope that we not only have this incredible journey of writing, but also the attainment of our aspirations.
–Suzanna Pants-Kicker Reeves