“One day I am also going to write a book”. Words I have heard many times, but very few people ever do. They find the mystique and romanticism associated with being an author, attractive and something they can aspire to.
I believe that each life is a story that is yet to be told.
Since my early childhood I have been fascinated by books and movies, and more than thirty years ago I uttered the same words – “One day I am going to write a book.” And I did. I wrote two. Not for the money, but for the sake of writing. It was something I was drawn to. I had to do it for myself.
Thirty years ago writing was considered a hobby and not a viable and professional occupation. Friends and family do not take you seriously or even think of supporting you when you tell them you are going to write a book.
I was 41 years old when I eventually started to work on my first book. It was published two years later in 2002.
Writing a book is like giving birth to a roll of barbed wire. It is a long, emotional and mentally tiring experience. You have to be involved with it everyday or you will loose contact with your characters and story line. You have to maintain your levels of creativity over a long period of time.
For the duration of the writing process authors are consumed by the absolute presence of their living creations. It is like leading a double life – their every day reality and the fictitious world of their imagination.
Authors tend to be pre-occupied with their writing and are constantly engaged in their own thoughts. The emotional and often physical absence will frustrate those closest to them. My kids used to say to me, “are you writing again, when are you going to stop?”
People remain skeptical of the changes you have to undergo in order to get published, because deep down they do not believe that you are good enough. If you want to travel down this road do not expect much support.
But once you hold that book in your hands, you will experience the victory – like a mountain climbed. It is always an unbelievable journey and a legacy of personal achievement. When you walk past a bookshop and you see your books displayed, you know that you have achieved something special.
Writing is a creative addiction allowing you to express what you hear, see and feel. As much as writing is rewarding, it is also a burden. You are torn between your instinctive desire to write and the immensity of the task of having to do so. It will, however, not be long before you are intrigued or inspired by something that will entrap and engulf you to write yet again.