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Did I really write this?

February 7, 2013 9 comments

After working on a particular novel over many months, I decided to set it aside for a bit so that I could come back to it later with fresh eyes. Well, the other day, I figured my eyes were fresh enough, so I pulled out the work-in-progress and started looking it over. At first, I started reading from the beginning. After a few pages, I realized that I’d read the early pages plenty of times already. So, I decided to skip forward to about a third of the way into the story.

As I began reading, almost instantly I noticed two things: one, I’d forgotten what I’d written; and two, I was surprised by how good it was. Seriously, I felt like I was reading some real author or something. Very cool. Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t think I’m <insert your favorite all-time author here>, or anywhere close. But it just seemed as if the words were flowing so smoothly, so effortlessly, that it couldn’t possibly be me that wrote them. The truth was, though, that I did write them. And they were really good. Little did I know that by choosing to read a less familiar part of my book, I had allowed myself to experience what is a writer’s ultimate compliment: I simply got lost, however briefly, in my story. And that, in the end, is what it’s all about.

So, that’s it. I just decided to share a small triumph of mine. A time where, for just a moment, I saw that I really could write something decent, that I just might be a writer. Kind of makes it all worthwhile, you know?

Anyone else ever have these moments?

–dp

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