In an interview some time ago, a writer equated being published with giving birth to a child. With each work she said, you essentially create something new, a new life; then give birth to it, and after release (presumably by a publisher) – watch it grow and accomplish what it will; developing to its own potential.and finding its own space out there amongst the noise.
As a writer myself (male) I too equated the process of writing with giving birth or creating a new life from my thoughts. Essentially creating a world or something I hope the reader would enjoy and return in the form of profit to take care of me in my elder years.
The thing is, and it’s true specifically for new writers, the writing process and being published; can be so much like childbirth that some even turn to medications to “help” get through the process. As some see it medications can ease the pain of delivery. Yet what price do you pay?See the completion of this thought