Whether standing in line for a latte’ or waiting for a streetlight to turn green I can easily zone into my characte’s, which makes them come alive. But what I find hard is to zone into life when I’m writing.
Come In has multiple characters, plots, scenes and seasons.It is my first book and it took time to develop. One of the best places for my creativity to explode was to go shopping at my favorite store, Value Village. I would purposely go there to do research and leave with bags full of ideas. And a few other things.
I wrote my first draft of Come In with Time After Time, by Cindi Lauper on repeat. The beat and the words moved me into creating my protagonist.
I’m thankful for my computer and all the Swiss Army knife things it can do. Back when I was a girl with a ponytail, yellow pencils were all there were. I chose to go without. Those nasty number-two pencils gave me a whooping, red indent on my middle finger and it hurt! They were like picking up a rattler. Their venomous lead was worse then snakebite. I much preferred daydreaming to writing reality stuff, and I must confess I still do.
Truthfully, blogging for me has been like riding up a dusty trail, behind an old horse that farts. My saddle ain’t broken in yet and without my good friend, Judith Ashley, I’d still be cussin’ at all this new technology.
Even though I didn’t lace up my bootstraps, suck in my gut, tighten up my oval belt buckle, and buckle down when I was a young un’ and listen real hard to my English teachers, I could have rode off into the sunset before turning grey. Instead, I’m thankful for all those years I gazed out the window and for writing by the light of the moon. The one with the silver lining.
Daydreaming can make dreams come true.
Are you a daydreamer?