We are all writers aren’t we, here in this blogosphere? How many Of you have found yourself lost in your own works? It doesn’t happen very often to us does it? I mean, since we already know the whole story and the whodunnits, self-reading of our works in merely for technical purposes. To make sure our writing makes sense and flows. Because let’s face it, sometimes no matter how many times we edit and read over something, we will always find errors we missed or plot holes the size of the ozone layer that we’ve somehow managed to miss. Such things happen to me all the time. And that’s when doubt creeps in; am I a good writer? Am I doing this story justice? Am I doing the best I can or half-arsing it, excuse my language. But some days, we surprise even ourselves.
Those days are bliss!
Bliss happens when we are reading for the purpose of jogging our own memory or proofreading, either way, the bliss happens when in those moments of us reading our own work, we forget everything and get so immersed in the read that when we come out of it, which only happens when we finish reading the whole thing, we go ‘Wow!’.
Is that my work? Did I really write that? Holy shit!
It’s a moment of disbelief and utter joy and pride and an immense need to share our excitement with someone, anyone.
I had such a moment today. I sat down to continue on with my feature script where I left off, and instead of just reading a few scenes ahead to refresh my memory, I started from the beginning. While reading it, I didn’t realize I was sitting at the edge of my seat obviously to the fact that it was past midnight and that my usually night owl hubby had slunk off to bed after saying goodnight and that the it was absolutely quiet. The only moment I came to my senses and noticed that I hadn’t yet said goodnight back was when I finished. Honest to God I sat there for a moment going ‘Wow’. The story gripped me, and utterly thrilled me into forgetting that I wrote the damn thing and am yet to finish it. I can’t wait for tomorrow to get everything else out of the way and get back into it.
I can’t give away much of what I’m writing, but I can share with you a logline for the work that I had a lot of constructive feedback on.
Have you had such an experience? Either as a writer yourself or a reader? Getting lost in the story?