Have you ever picked up a MS that has been laying dormant and fall in love with it all over again? I use to think when I did that perhaps I was being conceited. That was until I wrote this on my author page on FB and learned that was not the case. In fact one person wrote, “If you don’t love your work who will?”
And that solidified it. Working on Vol 2 of my Jasper, Amazon Parrot series I realized it would be a good idea to reread the first one so I could bridge the two together. Sitting down on the couch I got my Pepsi and started to read. It had been a while since I had done this and I fell in love all over again. I laughed at the same spots, I smirked at the reactions of some of the characters and just truly enjoyed the read. There has been an occasion where a friend had read this MS out loud to me so I could catch anything that would need to be fixed. Instead I ended up laughing and then out of the blue it hit me. I wrote this, me.
I truly love this book. I have lived and breathed this MS for a few years now. I think as authors we need to fall in love all over again with our works. Not just a few times but down the road pick it up and enjoy the words you wrote. Enjoy the adventure that falls off the page. If you don’t, like that comment suggested, who else will? We have to enjoy what we do and trust me it will show on the pages whether the words are works of love or just a task that was done.
Case in point is another MS that I will be submitting soon, “Squirrel Mafia”which is a true story of the war between the squirrels in my back yard versus me. It makes me giggle and I hope it will make others laugh out loud for that was the point of the book. This is my first attempt at true humor. But most important it was a labor of time, effort and love over a topic that was just so much fun to write about.
I truly hope my fellow writers and bloggers that when you put words down that you are having a good time, enjoying what you are doing and absolutely having fun. It makes all the difference in the world. And if you can do that the words will shine through to others.
6 thoughts on “Falling in love with your MS again”
So True!! Another quetion I have to deal with all the time with my family since they(kids, mother etc. not hubby) don’t understand the need to write is; What makes a real writer?
I hear at least twice a week – your not a real writer, you don’t sell hundreds of books, you don’t make enough money to be a real writer, etc. well the difference between a wanna -be and a real writer is PASSION, a wanna be will eventually give up and find something else accept failure and move on – a real write keeps plugging away not matter how fruitless it my seem to other people because they HAVE to write. Without it their life would be meaningless.
For me it is also theraputic because if someone pisses me off they will instantly be turned into the character that I’m about to torture, mame or kill. keeps me out of prison– HAHAHA
wow can’t seem to spell today!!
btw- our little Kyli, the parrot lover- can’t wait to get her hands on your book!
I totally hear you on this. We can make a list of what we been told I am sure. Just keep at it for there are others just like you who get you. I get you. Coolness Jo Ann that is sweet to hear. 🙂
I love the fact that you said something that I have felt for ages but never expressed it…. when I have written something in which I believe – I also enjoy reading it with a particular fondness and read it to myself periodically over the years. I will remember your thoughts of “falling in love with our work” 🙂
It is nice to know we are not alone isn’t it? 🙂