Before I began writing this novel, I had started and stopped an outline for a Young Adult book more than a 100 times. Writing had been in the forefront of my mind for almost 12 years. But because of life and its many excuses I distracted myself enough to stop doing what I had always wanted to do most…..write.
Then many years later, my Muse came. It arrived in a form and during a time I had neither expected or had been seeking it out. However it entered my life, I was moved and inspired, and for that I am truly grateful.
The root of the story and my inspiration has been driven by witnessing one man’s sacrifice and love for his son. Along with understanding the strength of this kind of parent-child bond, I also learned about a world and a life I had never given a second thought to. I listened to stories of life altering experiences that dealt with two decades of witnessing the ugliest most part of people- both horrific and heroic.
With a new found respect, I was inspired by my Muse’s strength and in awe of their steadfast dedication and endurance to keep waking up each morning to do it all over again. This became one of the many reasons why I began writing my novel.
Fast forward two years later, the story that I am creating has become a very important part of my life- consuming hundreds of hours of writing, researching and editing. Often feeling frustrated, excited, angry, sad, discouraged and hopeful, all in an attempt to create a meaningful piece of literature that I can be proud to share.
This entire blog is about my process of developing this work of fiction. Each post I write provides a little more information surrounding the world, the people and issues addressed within the story- each relating to the human condition.
My hope is that the ‘online’ space I’ve created will be another tool to hold me accountable to something other than the sad looks I get from my dogs when I cop out of writing that day; but to also obtain some encouragement from seasoned professionals and newbies like me.
But above all, I want to share my experience as a new writer and soon to be author. Everywhere there are artists asking each other for advice and support in their field of work. Each guarding their “process” in creating and developing their craft but secretly wondering how others do it. My thought is WHAT THE HELL! Being new I’m happy to share a little while hoping to gain some knowledge as I make my way to the last word on the last page.
If you would like to quickly know more about my story you can check out a few of my older posts where I briefly talk about the story and published snippets of the novel. However, if you would like to get a more complete picture of what my novel is about, I would encourage you to go back to the beginning and read my older posts. All the songs, pictures and writings I created, even the comments I made to readers weave in and out of the story’s premise. In some ways even my poetry is reflective of the novel.:
To keep myself motivated and accountable I created this blog and maintain the following habits, each keep me going:
- When I’m not at a Cafe Writing (My Work Area): I’ve decoupaged part of my apartment wall with my makeshift Story Board, maps of Washington State and pictures of how I envision my characters.
- What I Read: To fit my laptop, note pads, binder and printouts I find myself using a very old and over-sized “high school” looking book bag. In it I have at least two of the writers that both teach and inspire me: The Hours (Michael Cunningham), Leaves of Grass (Walt Whitman), Ariel & The Bell Jar (Silva Plath), Feast of Love (Charles Baxter), Brokeback Mountain (Annie Proulx), The Road (Cormac McCarthy), It (Stephen King), and The Writer’s Journey (Christopher Vogler).
- Of Course The Music: I adore music, honestly I cant live without it…..all kinds, 60’s, 70’s and of course my beloved 80’s music. But when I write, my late night sessions are often done with the smooth sounds of lounge, and downtempo music. I listen to artists like James Blake, Sia, Massive Attack, Tom Yorke, Cold Play, Zero 7, Hooverphonic, Alpha, Jose Gonzalez, Mandalay, Sade and Bon Iver are always a must.
- The Films That Move Me: When the music is not playing a movie is always on. In the foreground I’m either thinking about or looping the films that move me: The Hours, Gattaca, Ameli, American Beauty, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Little Miss Sunshine, Lost in Translation, Brokeback Mountain, Ghost World, Garden State, In the Mood for Love, Magnolia, The Notebook, The Bridges of Madison County and believe it or not Romancing the Stone (Because it always makes me laugh)