The art and joy of creation

Mario Vargas Llosa“It’s the most exciting moment when you discover life in what you’ve created.”

Mario Vargas Llosa

Thoughtful words from Peruvian/Spanish author Mario Vargas Llosa, whose works I’ve long admired. I believe most authors would agree with this sage observation.

After all, many of us spend an inordinate amount of time living ‘in our own heads’ with the stories we have created, and I think most of us would understand that sense of excitement when your story truly does come to life for you, when your characters talk to you and seem to breathe and think and move on their own, acting out in ways you may not have imagined earlier.

What about you, writers? Can you relate to Vargas Llosa’s observation? Can you remember a time when you felt your creation had really come to life and was taking on a shape all its own?

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