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This month’s optional question is: It’s the best of times; it’s the worst of times. What are your writer highs (the good times)? And what are your writer lows (the crappy times)?
Writing is absolutely an emotional roller coaster for me. But then, I love roller coasters.
Even though I have not finished my first novel, I am still a very active writer as part of my daily job. While writing documents on strategy, or trying to convince people of a direction, there is still a certain amount of craft involved in my writing.
Getting into that writing zone is the best.
While I can certainly get into the zone when I’m writing non-fiction, being in the zone when writing fiction is a whole new level. That is when the story is telling itself, the characters are driving it, and I’m just documenting it. And often it spins off in a direction that I had no preconceived idea that it could go.
My novel started with a simple concept of a health club having security cameras in places it would not typically, and a staff member posting footage on the internet. Once I started writing, it turned into a murder mystery with blackmail, illegal drugs, government operatives, and political shenanigans. My protagonist is just getting over a case where his partner was killed and he gets a new partner that challenges him on many levels. Where the heck did all of that stuff come from? I got to spend a couple of weeks in that zone and frankly, I miss it.
If you write, you know that zone I’m talking about!
The words just fly onto the page, your fingers floating across the keyboard, the story unfolding, characters growing and becoming more and more real. Not only is the story interesting, but you are also becoming attached to your characters, you are feeling for them, worried for them, and wondering what the heck they are going to do now or next? Nothing around you matters, it is just you and the keyboard and the words. Your fresh hot coffee will be ice cold before you even remember it is there and there is no time to deal with that rumbling growl from your middle. All that matters is getting those words out!
As for the worst of times, right now, it is the heart-wrenching reevaluation of my material so far. You can read more about my dilemma here. The long and short of it is that until I have those issues resolved in my head, I just cannot seem to get back into storytelling mode. And what is really worst, is I really want to know how the story turns out!
I’m really looking forward to reading other writers’ contributions to this month’s blog hop and I would be lying if I didn’t have some anticipatory hesitations for the comments to this post.