There are many similarities between train journeys and writing.
Here are a few:
- A writer’s head can sometimes feel like a packed train carriage. Instead of being jam-packed full of passengers it is filled with noisy fictional characters.
- Writer’s Block can sometimes feel similar to being stuck on a broken down train. Frustratingly you can see the station in the distance but you are stationary and going nowhere.
- Fictional characters come and go during your creative life which is similar to passengers joining and leaving a train.
- At times the writing process can feel exhilarating and similar to travelling on a high-speed train. There are also times when the writing process can feel sluggish and arduous, similar to being stuck on a slow-moving train.
- Ever got on a train and said to yourself ‘I have no idea where this train is going and I am just praying it’s heading in the direction I want to go in!’? This is very similar to being a writer and not knowing where a piece of work will take you.
- Sometimes you are so concerned with the train’s final destination that you forget to take in and appreciate the journey. The same applies to writers who become more concerned with their final destination and forget to enjoy the creative journey.
- Sometimes a train journey will encounter unexpected issues. It has to change tracks and go via a different station. As writers we often face situations where our literary journey faces diversions and unforseen delays. Just like the train we also change tracks.
- Some writing friends might get off the literary train, after deciding that this creative journey is not for them. You will be sad to see them go and wave goodbye, as your train pulls out of the station. New writing friends will join you in your carriage and share with you their literary experiences, writing tips and offer you bags full of writing encouragement.
- There is nothing like seeing daylight again as you emerge from a long and dark train tunnel. This is similar to how a writer feels when they emerge from their pitch-black tunnel of creative gloom and come out the other side.
- The train keeps moving along the tracks and so must we…
Have a fabulous day my fellow train passengers 🙂