I have found that writing can be equal parts cathartic and soul crushing. There are moments when I feel like my characters are pinging around my brain, begging for me to write the next part of their story, and other times when I feel like they keep hitting the snooze button, resisting any attempt to rouse them to creativity.
I am currently working on the sequel to my tentatively named book Four Corners. I took some time off after finishing FC to edit, shop it around, and basically decompress from the sometimes labor intensive act of writing. I had been writing the sequel in bits and pieces, but the last few weeks have really buckled down to working on it again. I have my whole story outline and a stack of 5x7 cards that threaten to bury me if I don’t address them. I do love this process of getting the first draft completed, seeing the word counts climb (42,806 as of right now!), and basically get the story from my brain on paper. And it is like being back with familiar faces as I revisit some old characters, but man did I forget how utterly exhausting this can be!
While this might sound a little nuts, it’s the best way I can describe my writing process. It feels like the Sims video game, when you are idle too long, your Sim character just kind of bobs along, waiting for you to tell it what to do. I feel like my brain is filled with all these avatars, just standing there wanting to know what’s next. Sometimes they are helpful and I am able to take the story where they want to go (I know, sounds crazy, I get that they aren’t real people, but some times it’s hard to remember). I love these moments where the creative juices flow, but then I also have to remind myself that I have a full time job and can’t stay up until midnight writing and be worth anything in the morning. So I have to hit pause, apologize to everyone and beg for them to just keep it down until I can sit at my computer again. It’s now my turn to step away for a bit, I just hope they are ready for me when I get back.
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I am starting a new chapter (it is also a good time to let you know that I am a lover of puns) in my writing career. The editing process of my first published book is soon underway, though the journey to that point has been a long time coming. I have been a writer my whole life, but I will finally have the opportunity to share some of my work with the general public and I could not be more excited (and also a little terrified). Writing is a very personal and often private endeavor. Creating characters in your head is one thing, but putting all that information down can be a daunting task, and that's only the beginning of it! It took me about four months to write my novel, and almost two years to get it to where it is today.
The thought of someone else reading my work is a wonderful feeling, but it is hard not to be a little apprehensive of it. I love my characters and my story and I hope that others love it as much as I do. They are all a little part of me, I feel deeply invested in their backgrounds, their individual selves, it's hard sometimes to remember that they are not real, just figments of my imagination! Though I truly believe in the story I have created for them, and I look forward to each and every one of you being able to share in their adventure.
Stay posted, exciting things are happening!