Monday, March 14, 2011

And Then What Happens?

T-shirt: Practitioner of the world's oldest profession... Storytelling.

As a writer the moment that is most thrilling and dreadful is when a reader says, "And then what happens?" Thrilling because it means they are engaged enough to want to know what happens next. Dreadful because, as Thomas Mann said, "A writer is someone for whom writing is harder than for other people." I don't know about you, but I am definitely a writer of the Mann persuasion in that respect.

Writers are ultimately adventurers. We strike out into unknown territory and leave a trail for others. By exploring the realm of ideas we create and share new insights about people, places, and things. As with most exploration it is in turn exhilarating and exhausting. But we're adventure junkies who enjoy the high of discovery and just can't stop (safer than bungee jumping, I suppose). You want to know "and then what happens?" So do we. We're excited when someone wants to join us on the journey.

As a writer, how do you react to the never-ending question, "And then what happens?" As a reader what have been your favorite answers to "And then what happens?" And which writers have driven you crazy with waiting? Being fans of Glen Cook's Black Company series we were driven crazy with waiting in the 90s.

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