So here we sit in December, just beginning the second week. Today manuscripts for Lulu’s Wrimo Accelerator deal are due today. Mine won’t make the cut, just because I am not ready to submit. For one it is not finished. However, the deadline for a free manuscript review is December 31st so I may shoot for that. I have my printed “chapters”, or what are proposed chapters at the moment, printed in front of me. I think I have one more to print. Today I am hoping to get some editing in.
Watched the show “A Good Read” on PBS and watched a couple of interviews with Maine authors. Stephen King was the interview I ended on. (Watch it here: http://video.pbs.org/video/1357861895/)I couldn’t possibly watch another interview after the creative juices were just flowing and my soul begging me to sit down and write. Stephen was the Big Name growin up in my house. Seems I was always shooed out of the room when someone rented one of the movies based off his books. I remember when IT came out and my brother told me the movie was based off a book that Stephen King wrote. I hadn’t a clue who Stephen was at the time, but my brother showed the book and my eyes widened and jaw dropped when I saw how thick the book was! I remember saying, “I wanna do that someday,” and then I went off playing never writing anything serious until over ten years later when I was seventeen and my mother was dying of cancer. I was writing in a journal, but wasn’t writing anything else. Not until the end of March 1999 just a few weeks before my mother died, I wrote a poem for her, “Forever My Mother”. Her death sparked a range of emotions I didn’t know I could feel and since I felt I had no one but God to talk to, I wrote. I wrote in my journal and then poetry…then…lyrics…then short stories…then my first attempt at a novel which I thoroughly enjoyed, but now is recycled though I have kept the character names.
After watching the interview with Stephen tonight, he helped me realize something with my current novel and what I was struggling with throughout NaNoWriMo and struggling with this morning. I was blocking the full range of emotions I used to write with after my mother died. My writing was full of driving emotion then and I believe that trying to always be positive and never show anything otherwise has really stumped the creative process. What am I thinking anyway? We’re human. God created us with emotions and our characters have emotions and reactions, otherwise they would be pretty boring. Without emotion, or actions driven bey emotions, there isn’t drive to the story….no plot…no action! D’oh! Time for major rewrite.
So I guess Stephen inspired me once again, but also taught me something, or rather reminded me, that we need our emotions to survive, to create, to drive us forward to that next pivotal moment in our story that could change everything!
Thanks, Stephen. Guess you just never know when you will be inspired and helped by someone, or just who that someone will be.
Now I must get going and get to work on my NaNoWriMo story and get as much done as I can before the 31st!
God bless and good night!