Remember when I set out to share writing a book from the first idea to the last revision . . . with some side excursions along the way? Well, I think that’s actually happening. If you’ve followed my bumpy journey, you’ve seen me travel from EUPHORIA, through the discovery of CHARACTER, to the MISSTEP in plot, the need for a PRINT OUT, and then a need for a break.
You’ve seen me attend to some life issues, like, planting seeds for my summer garden, a book signing and an interview with a self-published author.
If I’m close to accurate, this is Day 16 of writing. So what’s going on? You are not going to believe this, but it’s true. I’m revising an old story. It’s a middle grade ghost story that I set aside about three years ago and this morning I woke up thinking, “That would be much better as a YA.” Is this a way to continue to dodge the story I started last month?
Guess I’m not ready to return to my edgy novel and my edgy characters. I’ll get back, but I’m taking another small detour. Hope you’ll stick with me. I still have faith I can bring that edgy story to the page. It’s just going to take some major slogging to do it.
What I’m sharing is as real as it gets and I’m wondering if what I’m going through is similar to what you go through as writers?
I’m also wondering if those of you who read, but don’t write books yourselves are thinking differently about what this writing business involves? After taking on this job, I totally relate to books in a different way. First I have to write in all the books, not just some anymore. It’s as if I’m having a dialog with the author along the way.
Well, off to chase some ghosts for a while. Wish me luck.