At least, that’s the message I think you should take away from this post by James over at Big Dumb Object. I wasn’t sure whether I would post any links or not today, but once I saw this piece I knew I had to.
I think every struggling writer understands where James is coming from. I know I do. When you first read good books or stories, they feel…complete. Of a piece. The process of becoming a writer, I think, consists in learning exactly how much of an illusion that must seem to the people who wrote them.
At least I hope so. Otherwise, I’ve been doing it wrong.
Part of the reason I linked this piece was to let any other writers who happen across this blog know that they’re not alone. The other part of the reason was to give a big boost to James, by letting him know that some of us are not nearly as far along as he is!