Sunday, April 25, 2010

Too Many Irons? Not if they're the right kind!

Today on Facebook somebody asked me where I get time to write.  That's an easy one to answer.   I am a writer and therefore it's my priority. I write (mostly) fiction for two hours every day.  Yesterday I finished a huge job that took 5 hours.  It was writing of a different kind. I'm helping a gentleman with his memoirs, so non-fiction but still, wonderful work.  I loved doing it but glad it's cleared off my plate.  I'm happy to be able to work on my novel again which has a title now and the characters have names.  I include all my writing in the two hours per day.  I stay up late or I get up early.  I have to write.  That's what writers do.

The title of the newest book is The Tempters and it's an adult paranormal romance.  It's set on a resettled island in Newfoundland where all my stories seem to occur.  The picture above shows some of the landscape of the land where I imagine the story unfolding. So far I love the first five chapters.  I think I'm on the right track with this one but boy is it a diversion.  The sex scenes, the evil, the darkness, I didn't know I had it in me but apparently behind all the love and light there still lurks a teenager whose favourite authors are Edgar Allen Poe and Stephen King.  Of course, there is a theme and a moral and that is the entire point, for out of the dark comes the greatest lessons and the greatest appreciation for the light.

I guess I'm lucky, I'm not easily distracted.  I can face book, chat, listen to hockey and write all the while answering a zillion kid questions.  If I wasn't able to I  would never get anything done.  I stopped using the rest of my life as an excuse for not writing and it's worked out well.

I have a to-do list a mile long and I enjoy everything on there and I don't sweat if something doesn't get done.  I don't panic, I don't worry, the writing gets done, the children get well loved, the rest is all details.

So I have just enough irons although, the goal is, come June I'm investing in a laptop, taking my work to the beach and concentrating solely on my new novel, The Tempters.  I'm hoping the first draft will be well underway before the book tour for The Secrets of Rare Moon Tickle starts in August.



 

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