This quote is part of Silver Threading’s author’s quote series. Authors who have helped inspire my writing. To write one must engage with the world around. Imagination is not the everything, imagination needs feeding with experience and observation Life is what feeds writers.
This is a quote I have had trouble with. Sharing one’s book with another and knowing they may not have the same vision as oneself is hard. We feel precious about our creations. Of course we hope, when we publish, that others will read and enjoy them but. . but. . . but they are first and foremost ‘Ours’.
No they are not.
We write for ourselves to begin with, however, if the intention is to allow others to read those words,to offer our creation to the world then we have to relinquish our hold. Conrad was correct. We write the book, the reader then translates to what they want it to be.
I do so myself when I read.
My new world.
My new friends.
It is a hard lesson to learn when it’s your own writing up for grabs. Do they understand the characters or are they judging them with different perceptions? Is the point, the focus of the story, the same for them as for the writer?
Like sending children out into the world we can only hope we have prepared them enough to be appreciated by others:)