The answer my friend, is blowing in the whatever-that-is

This creativity stuff, being a writer and perhaps doing other things as well, making covers or designing ads or even making booktrailers, is not something that comes easy for me. In fact, it comes very, very hard. 
I’ve never seen myself as a creative person, I was the muggle child in a family of magically creative people. My parents and siblings wrote and painted and made music and put on plays — and I went to law school. 
And here I am now, way too old to be starting anything new, trying to become a writer. You can’t teach old dogs to write books, somewhere deep inside of me I know that’s true. I’ll never be as good at this as I would have been if I had taken this road from the start instead of going in the opposite direction for so very long. And at times, this makes me intensely sad. And more than a little bitter. But then I slam the door in the face of that sadness and pout like a little girl. I’m going to do it anyway! So what if I never write anything that can be considered excellent? Then I’ll write a lot of stuff that is sort of ok.
Not everyone can be great at what they do. And perhaps my gift to the writer community is that I make everyone else look really talented, by comparison! 😉

I’m supposed to be writing the second Artworld book, but instead, I’ve spent the last few days working on the first book in the X/Y series. It’s some kind of sci fi for 9-12-year-olds. The story centers around 10-year-old Lee, who lives in a city under a dome, and no one has ever (as far as she knows) been Outside. There is nothing out there. The people in the dome are the only people on the planet and the environment Outside is too harsh to sustain any form of life. But one day, the dome cracks, and Lee goes outside to take a peek.

It’s been an absolute blast, trying to write about someone’s first encounter with things like the wind or animals or a stream. How does one describe a loaf of bread, when seen through the eyes of someone who has never eaten anything other than pills? It’s not easy, but it is so much fun. I hope the readers will think so too.

This week, the book designer is working on the interior for the first Artworld book, and I’m very excited to see what she comes up with. I’m looking forward to holding an actual book copy of Konrad and the Birthday Painting in my hand. Ebooks are great, don’t get me wrong. But there is something about an actual book-book that makes me intensely happy … 🙂 I don’t know what it is, but I also don’t really care. I’m just thrilled that Konrad is going to be available in print. 

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