Protrude – definition: to project, or to thrust forward
We all have current projects, the one that is foremost in our minds and has our fingers busy. It is the one our muse is thrusting forward. We enjoy the excitement of it, wanting to know how it will materialize into a completed piece of work. As it develops from mind to paper/screen it becomes its own entity, taking on a life of its own. We spend weeks, months and mostly years, crafting it into something that we feel confident in sharing with the outside world.
The regime of editing, revision, beta readers and more revision, polishes it further. This stage can last even longer than the initial creation as we ‘make it perfect’. But at some stage we have to ‘let it go’ into the world, be it the virtual or the physical one. Social media, local events and word of mouth become our focus to assist our story’s success. We share our words with a mixture of trepidation and excitement. Who will love it? Who won’t? Will it be a success?
Which book/story/article/poem ‘release’ did you find the most difficult? The most enjoyable?
For me, and I’m sure for most of you, there are several projects running concurrently – our ideas don’t wait patiently in line but scramble to become foremost. My list includes – final edits of a children’s fantasy, creating a subject specific bio for a collaboration, research for illustrations, research and plot planning for a new project and the creation of blog posts and prompts – to name a few.