Today I welcome back Briana, from Briana Writes to my blog for a guest post. Briana's blog is one that I love ad honestly I go back to quite a few post on her website. (Which will be shared soon). Hopefully you find her words insightful, inspiring and helpful as I do. So I'll let Briana take it from here;
If there’s a story idea that’s been plaguing you, I want you to listen closely. If there’s a narrative thread just begging you to tug on its end, lean forward in your chairs and pay attention.
As writers, we’ve all been told to write what we know. Write what we know? Forget that; write what terrifies you instead. Write what keeps you up at night, what wakes you up with a cold sweat in the middle of the night, what drives you to drink, what horrifies you. Write what you can't stop thinking about. Write what you can't stop living and reliving.
When I got the idea for REFLECTIONS, I couldn't stop thinking about it. At the same time, the subject matter of the novel—the psychological, emotional, and physical repercussions of sexual trauma—is difficult to broach. I was anxious about getting it right. I talked with abuse victims and struggled to fit my own experiences into Rama's narrative. And when a few people told me I hadn't gotten it right, I felt like a fraud. I tore my hair out. I debated tossing the whole novel into the trash.
Then, I got to thinking: if I can't get this story out of my head, I have no choice but to get it onto the paper. It won't leave me alone until I let it breathe. If I wanted to escape, I had to let it loose.
So I buckled down and got to work. I faced my fears. I plunged ahead. And you know what? It still terrifies me. I'm over halfway through my first draft and I'm an anxious mess. This book is surprising me and turning out in ways I never expected. Writing REFLECTIONS has been an emotional rollercoaster, and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. In spite of the difficulties I've faced, I've learned a great deal about my writing, my characters, and myself. I've overcome things I didn't even know I was struggling with.
REFLECTIONS has made me a better, stronger, more capable woman. For that alone, I am eternally grateful.
Of course, I'm far from finished with this book. I'm not sure whether I'm more thrilled or excited about that. Either way, I can promise you one thing: once this book is finished, it will be memorable. I don't care how well it's received. It will be out in the world, and finished, and another story idea will rise up in its place, poised to torture me for several more months.
Write what scares you, lovelies. I promise it'll be worth it.