Dannye Williamsen en Creative Writing, Blogs in English, Writers Editor • Your Editing Partner 23/11/2016 · 1 min de lectura · +700

Shift Really Does Happen

Shift Really Does HappenPassion stirs your soul, and the words slam against the edges of your mind, trying to escape, until finally your fingers fly across the keyboard. Your passion has now moved from the metaphysical to the physical. Your creation has taken form. Your world is afire with the energy of your creation. Then suddenly, it is over. The last word is on paper.

You breathe. Perhaps for the first time in weeks or months, you are aware of the world around you. You have left that fictional world or perhaps that imaginary classroom, and you are back in your world. What now? You are faced with the truth that despite your intense connection with your work, no one else has reason to feel as you do. You are faced with the task of marketing your book, and this is where your perspective on your dream will often begin to shift. You post on social networking sites. You and everyone else inundates people with reviews and excerpts until they aren't even noticed anymore. You set up a web site to promote your work. You get some rave reviews, but you realize over time that word-of-mouth is unlikely to be your friend because most of your readers are other authors dedicated to peddling their own creations. You look around, and you feel like that tiny speck in the cosmos that exists, but no one can really see.

There is a shift, and it changes your dream, changes your view on what you do and how you do it. This shift happened for me. I have been involved in writing longer than many indies, but not as long as some. I welcomed the advent of CreateSpace and Kindle for ease of production, both physically and financially, and for easy access by readers. However, trying to reach readers has become less effective and too time-consuming because it takes too much time away from my passion.

So what was my shift? I write once again because passion stirs my soul, and the words slam against the edges of my mind, trying to escape, until finally my fingers fly across the keyboard until my creation takes form. When the last word is on paper, I breathe with contentment. I introduce my creation to the world and hope it has the strength to soar because I have given it a piece of my soul.



Dannye Williamsen 23/11/2016 · #5

#1 Actually, I came to this shift a while back, but as I mentioned to @Irene Hackett, I am still seeking to develop a workable relationship with marketing. In the meantime, I am not letting the success or lack of it influence whether I continue to write.

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Dannye Williamsen 23/11/2016 · #4

#3 Thanks for the feedback, @irene_hackett. Yes, it is true that a writer simply must write, but it is often the process of establishing a peaceful relationship between just writing from your soul and managing the obstacles marketing can often put in your path. As an introvert, I find marketing to be especially difficult when it comes to my books. Promoting others is much easier. :-)

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Irene Hackett 23/11/2016 · #3

Thank you for an honest glimpse into the guts of the writer's process. Despite the agony, it seems a writer simply must write.

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Chas Wyatt 23/11/2016 · #2

"I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all." ~Richard Wright, American Hunger, 1977.

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Mohammed A. Jawad 23/11/2016 · #1

@Dannye Williamsen So deeply you have penned down that passionate shift and its impact. Once again, you have made a dramatic shift...and I presume that's beBee, so let your inward passion propel and enlighten the world of beBee, with your buzzes and insights.

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