So since we hadn’t watched it in several years my husband and I decided to watch “The Pirates of the Caribbean” I think we can all agree those movies are an epic journey. While we were watching the third “At World’s End” I thought about my book and the feeling I wanted to evoke in people. My story is not a swashbuckling high seas adventure but the grandiose feeling it has is the same I hope to achieve. And I had a thought pop into my head, “It’s ok to go BIG.”
I’ve felt kinda like I have been tip toeing around my own story, worrying about if something is too outlandish or unbelievable. Yes, these things are important to think about but being too careful about them is slowing me down. It’s just a first draft, and how will I ever pull my readers into my world if I’m constantly worried about making them feel like they are still in the real one? (Screw the real world! That’s not why we read.)
I don’t want you in the real world (Gross!). I want you out here with me in the sticks of a new reality. I want you wishing my world was the real one. Not that lame reality where we all have to work for money then spend it on bills and food. (Where’s the fun in that?) Don’t put your story in a box. Don’t be timid about the world your characters live in. You’ve made it, so make it whatever you want. It’s only a first draft, you can always rein it in later. But just imagine the greatness we could be holding back.
Speaking of going big… I’m hitting some real milestones in my writing career. Just this past week I submitted my first piece for possible publication! (Exciting!)
And speaking of the real world, I was promptly rejected… I might print the letter out, frame it, put it on my wall. The first in what is bound to be a line of rejections. It comes with the territory and now that my first rejection is out of the way I can go back to writing. Don’t let a rejection scare you into a fear of writing. Let it fuel you into being a better writer. Writing more, writing often, and writing big grand stories that inspire!