I love to write. Looking back at different times of my life I can see how putting words to my feelings often helped keep my sanity! LOL
Writing a book is quite different from journaling or keeping a diary. Or writing that explosive letter that you’d NEVER send when a relationship goes awry (yes, I have done that as well). I have to fight the tendency to edit as I go and watch every punctuation mark, misspelled word or hanging preposition! From all the advice I’ve received, writing a book through the first drafts should be about the story…later edits can fix those other issues. I was taught to use correct grammar (okay, I am not perfect…I still have those hanging prepositions, misspelled words, etc.) so I am trying to train myself to immerse my thoughts in the story, get that on paper and leave corrections for later. Honestly, when I am feeling inspired and that muse is working overtime I have to write it down quickly…it flows from my mind like molten lava…so leaving edits til later works better for me.
With these summer thunderstorms and days of self-imposed exile from the heat I have had time for much introspection and my muse is chomping at the bit. I am loving the feeling! I wonder why the intense thunder and lightning seem to fire up my imagination…..
I am very happy with my writing these days, feeling inspired and unusually optimistic about my works in progress.
Hopefully I’ll keep you in the loop about how my work is coming along….I think I see a glimpse of that light at the end of the tunnel!