Welcome! This is my first attempt at a blog, so please bear with me. I’m hoping to post at least once a month, depending, of course, on my muse and the state of inspired genius in which I hover. (HA!) More will just be bonus, so let’s see how it goes. I plan to use this space to comment on my writing process and the twisty turvey thoughts that occur to me as I attempt to get my stories out of my head and onto the computer screen. I’ve just begun my fourth manuscript, and the process only gets more complex the longer I write.
When I began my first full-length novel I simply had an idea, wrote down the basic plot and random character notes, and sat down every night to type, type and type some more. Three-quarters of the way through the manuscript I was lucky enough to find the New England chapter of RWA (Romance Writers of America) (note: although I don’t typically write straight romance), and a fantastic writers group (Bay State Writers founded by Audrey Wyatt) filled with very talented and helpful writers from across all genres. I learned and wrote and, finally, found myself typing the words “The End.” Finishing a first draft took just under a year. For those who have been along with me for the ride you know I write very long manuscripts, so this time frame has been typical for me. This marked the creation of my first novel, Ruling Eden, a contemporary fantasy with romantic elements.
Since that fateful project, each year adds more complications to the writing process. I’ve joined two more critique groups (both on-line, and off) and spend a tremendous amount of time critiquing other writers’ work, as well as simultaneously editing several of my own stories based on feedback. It becomes increasingly difficult to juggle it all, the added activities cutting into my writing time for current works in progress. However, I’ve never been happier. This new purpose and the writing communities I’ve found have led to more personal satisfaction than I received from any work I’ve done before. If only there were a greater number of hours in a day. I suspect most writers feel the same.
Each time I finish a project I itch to start another. Each time I finish I want to write something new I’ve never tried before. So far I’ve written in both first and third persons, jumped from one character POV (point of view) to four. An idea is percolating inside me now for a fantasy told through two different male POV’s, both viewpoints from the first person perspective. The possibilities are endless and that makes me a very happy camper.
To everyone reading this post, I hope you, too, have found your passion in life. Time and the universe sometime conspire to leave us stumbling in the dark for way too long until we come upon it. A few lucky ones are born knowing what they MUST do with their lives. I had to wait until I turned 34. Although I suspected it when I wrote a fantasy novella in middle school. I just got sidetracked for twenty years.
Now I get to play with Rachel, Gabriel, Tarn, Sebastian, Morven, Jack, Qest, Christian, Jasper, Simone, Lucan, Morgana, Shiv, Del, Mira, Jace, Roman and any other character I create in my head as I tell the world their stories. What more can you ask for than an endless supply of new friends willing to share their lives?
Writing is not all smiley, happy moments. It’s frustrating and slow and a lot of hard work most days. Not to mention the business end of it. (I won’t go into that in this post.) But the alternative is worse. So, off to start my day and hope I find time to sit and write some new words on my screen.