I’ve been re-reading Stephen King’s book ‘Misery’ this month (yes, I know, reading that book as a precursor to a writing challenge was perhaps not the best idea) and he describes something about writing that I wanted to share with you.
‘When it was good, he could see through the paper’
Ever had that? That feeling when the world just slips away and you’re like Alice falling into a whole new Wonderland? From the sound of things on the Forum and the Facebook group we’ve all had moments like that, to differing degrees.
It’s one of the biggest perks of writing, in my opinion. We get to open a portal and step through into another world. Sometimes it’s a world we control and shape but sometimes we’re just along for the ride. At times, the characters we create seem to have their own idea of what should be happening and where this will end, regardless of what we may have had in mind when we set out to write it.
I am constantly blown away by the funny and clever ideas that my fellow TLC-ers come up with, and love it when people share how proud they are with what they’ve achieved. It’s also satisfying to hear that some of these ideas are just in their formative stages and will be expanded and polished over the next few weeks or months into something even bigger and better.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; in a world where most of us are stuck in one place we, as writers, are lucky to be able to sit down and escape to anywhere we want to.
So far this month I have visited some old friends from previous February challenges, because I always enjoy spending time with my favourite trash pandas and the world’s laziest spy. I have gone to Greece to go fishing with some extras from ‘Mamma Mia!’ and to America to witness two very different groundhogs dealing with their moment in the sun (pun intended).
Along the way I got lost in a petrified forest and learnt that too much love really will kill you. I’ve also met quite a few people called Kate. Whether it’s Katherine Hepburn, Catherine the Great or just a stranger called Kate who’s been abducted by aliens, the name just keeps on cropping up everywhere I look.
I also got to celebrate Chinese New Year, which is something I’m doing in real life too. Living in Penang, we’re in the strange situation of celebrating Chinese New Year virtually while living in the middle of a huge Chinese population. But such is the way of the world at the moment. So for this year I’m happy to be able to see through the paper into the festivities, and I’ll keep my fingers, toes and eyes crossed that we’re able to take part for real next year.
I hope you’re all enjoying wherever this challenge is taking you, and that you continue to see through the paper and into the exciting worlds beyond.