Being a writer is funny business. Each author has his or her own style. Rhythm. Process. Schedule. Mine has seemed to be all or nothing.
I am not a multi-tasker. I work best when focusing on seeing one project from start to finish. Preferably in one sitting. You can probably see why this can be problematic for a novelist. By nature, I itch to sit and write uninterrupted until “the end” are the last six letters I strike.
Not practical for a wife and mom who holds down a 40-hour a week job, leads a Girl Scout troop, and doesn’t function well after 8pm.
This shamelessly lays the framework for admitting I’ve not written much in the last several weeks.
Don’t fear for my creative process, however. You’re too kind. 🙂 While my keyboard may be collecting dusk — the production line of active words, engaging sentence structure, and interesting plot stalled — my imagination has only quickened. I find myself thinking on new characters, how to best describe scenery, unexpected story twists, etc.
The result? I’m itching again to write. This all or nothing author hasn’t, in fact, been doing nothing. I’ve been creating silently. No proof on paper. No dance of the cursor across the screen. No growing word count. But the well of ideas and inspiration is brimming. It’s time to grab the bucket and start catching the overflow.
Here’s to rhythm, process, schedule. Whatever yours may be.
Congratulations to Laurie Bergh, winner of a copy of Colleen Coble’s “All Is Calm/All Is Bright”! Send me your address through the contact form and I’ll get that off to you ASAP. Enjoy!