It’s really exciting for me to finally see Drift and Hum (D&H) in its completed form. When you work at something for a long time, there can be a time where you think that it may never be finished. That perhaps the story will perpetually continue.
There’s an old saying in writing that “a book is never finished, but rather, it is only abandoned.” If this is true, then it was time for me to abandon D&H, so the story can be available for people to read.
Truth be told I did not have to abandon D&H as the story was finished. In the same way that I could not edit the story for brevity, I also have nothing more to add. The story is complete.
The Writing Journey
It was a very interesting experience for me to write my first novel. I had experience writing several business books, however writing a novel proved to be a completely different journey altogether. A business book tends to be about concepts, techniques, and principles to get some result from some process. It’s about inputs driving outputs. It’s about logic and trying to convey this logic in some logical way for a reader whom you know and understand how they think!
In contrast, writing a novel is about story. It’s about characters, places, events, and the human side of all of these dynamics as they come together to create a narrative. It’s about digging deep into your own soul, to understand what the elements of the story mean to you, to relive and tell experiences that you’ve had, and to create events you wish you would or could have had along the way. Or perhaps to tell and relive events you wish you had never actually had along the way.
Writing a novel is a time and place where you can decide how much of yourself you will put out there in general, where you can become part of the story, or where you can separate yourself from the story. It’s where everything is possible as long as you can take what you imagine and effectively narrate it on paper. This is the fun part. Where you close your eyes and picture your characters, and the crazy events they involve themselves in, and then figure out how to write it in such a way that will interest the reader.
It’s my biggest hope that people will enjoy reading D&H as much as I enjoyed writing it. And to be sure, I enjoyed writing the story. Eat Tree Beaver!
I have been a very curious person all my life. In my professional life, as a supply chain practitioner with a degree in mathematics, I tend to be curious about how things work. But now, with D&H being read by known and unknown acquaintances, I am most curious about how people think. In particular, what will they think of the story? Where in the spectrum of kite-flying dynamics will their opinion of the book fall or rise?
It’s obvious to me now, in hindsight, that I really didn’t have a particular reader in mind when I wrote the story. That is, I didn’t have a particular reader in mind relative to demographic or reading interests. And while I couldn’t picture a specific reader, I could still picture what I wanted to take away after completing the story.
See Yourself in the Pages
My goal is for the reader to somehow feel like the story is a part of them. That somehow it is their story as well. Maybe not specific events, places, or names…but rather themes, feelings and emotions.
And so, my journey of curiosity now begins in a non-business fashion. Over the next few months people will read the adventures of the Beaver Brothers, and I will learn how the story may or may not impact the lives of my readers.
This will be fun. I look forward to blogging and discussing the many important themes in the story.
Bye for now my friends, I trust you are not letting the sound of the stream drive you crazy…and always remember to take time to Drift and Hum.