|The Frozen North. Cold.|
Back to Warcraft stuff tomorrow: for today, I just want to spend a few minutes thanking someone.
As you guys know, I'm doing some fiction amongst the blog posts. What I've found is that this process is actually making me a better writer all-round, not simply when it comes to spinning an entertaining yarn. All in all, anything that keeps me working on the words ends up as a good thing, but there are a lot more issues when you're telling stories: tenses, context, exposition... lots of this isn't significant if you're writing non-fiction. Fiction however is a particular beast, and I knew that if I was going to start doing this properly I would need some help with the technical, because it's probably my weakest area.
So, I asked someone for help.
As I mentioned at the end of last week it is something I find hard to do, especially when it comes to things that are personal to me. Imagine my amazement when the person I approached not only accepted my request, but came back to me with feedback which is probably some of the best and most detailed I've ever had on anything I've written. I found myself utterly amazed, and genuinely staggered at not simply their enthusiasm but their sympathy with my subject matter. I still can't quite believe how lucky I've been.
I wanted to say a particular public thank you to my new friend, and I also wanted to take a moment to urge anyone who's ever sat and thought 'now should I put myself on the line and reach out to someone I don't really know' to have the courage of their convictions to follow through and make that first move. The problem with the Internet, of course, is that you don't really know who anyone really is (and films like Catfish only serve to make people more nervous about what might really go on behind the screen) and leaps of faith can ultimately be a recipe for disaster. However, I find myself thinking that sometimes, you really don't have anything to lose, that everyone else is probably as scared as you are, and in the end magical things can still happen with complete strangers.
Needless to say, without any of you guys I'd not have a place to speak in, a place to rant about the game, people to play it with or indeed a group of people that make the entire experience as fantastic as it still remains. Sometimes, taking a step in the dark brings brilliant results. I feel I've learnt a great deal about myself in the last few weeks and I hope I can continue to learn and meet new people who help me expand my horizons and make me a better writer than I am now. Let me say again that every piece of feedback is read and digested, all discussions are gratefully received, and that without you lot I'd be less of a person than I am now, and for that I will never be able to thank anyone enough.
To my new 'editor' I nod, smile and warn them that there's 5000+ words of new fiction on the way next week. I hope they realise what they've let themselves in for... :D