Well, I can tell you what it's not like--a box of chocolates. Ms. Cherie, writercherie if you're nasty (sorry, couldn't resist), over at Ready. Write. Go tagged me to participate in this writing meme titled "Writing is NOT Like a Box of Chocolates." The rules: Come up with a metaphor for what writing is like (something other than chocolates, obviously), and then tag three people to participate via their blogs.
If you follow my blog, you probably already know what I think writing is like. Just look at some of my blog post titles ("The Honeymoon is Over" and "Breaking Up is Hard to Do"). Yep, writing is like a relationship. For the sake of not repeating myself, I'm going to make a small change to the rules. I'm going to tell you what writing THE FIRST BOOK is like (to me). Note: the following contains some content that might make the prudish a bit squirmy.
Writing the first book is like losing your virginity. You're anxious going into it, because you have no idea what to expect. As things progress, you keep thinking the nerves will fade away, but they don't. It's not anything like you thought it would be, because really, you have no idea what the hell you're doing, just a vague idea of what goes where. Through the entire process, you're praying to make it to the end, but it feels like the end is nowhere in sight. Afterwards, you're overwhelmed with relief. You're done. You made it through your first. It wasn't fun and exciting like you imagined, but instead, intimidating and terrifying. In spite of the negative aspects, you eventually go back for more. Why? Because, even though it was awkward and uncomfortable, there were moments . . . moments where you realized you kind of liked it ;o)
Now for the fun part. I get to hand the reigns over to three others. I haven't notified these people to see if they want to join in the fun, so I'm kind of putting them on the spot, so to speak. No hard feelings if they would rather not participate. Without further adieu, the lucky three are:
1) Marian over at Marian's Blog
2) Bethany over at Rookie Riter: trying to get it write
3) Jennie over at A Book, A Girl, A Journey