Love Letter

 

Dear Writers —

… especially writers whose medium is fiction: genre, literary, role-playing games, plays, movies, etc.

What we do is hard. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Novelists especially. 80,000-120,000 words to sustain a transformation, to imbue a world, to make characters–even walk-ons–live, breathe and sometimes die between the ink and the page in a cohesive, meaningful, never-boring heartfelt way. All the while knowing that what you see and feel and strain to put down is never ever what the reader will get out of it.

That’s the blessing and the curse of the written word, or the game scenario. Because the reader isn’t us, they can never experience the story the way we do. But we also can’t experience it the way they do. And sometimes readers and players are amazingly generous with their buy-in. Fandoms are proof of that.

All creators live with constant doubt and frustration and time constraints and the intervenings of real life. It’s hard to chew through it, swallow, and continue on to The End. Overwhelmingly difficult sometimes.

So, thanks. Thank you to all the writers of my favorite stories, poems, movies and games. Thanks for slogging on through the long process of getting your work published, or out to your gaming groups. My brain and spirit love to roll around in what you create.

You’ve made my world better. You inspire me to be a better writer, and a better human.

All the love,
Kath

 

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