Personal Weather Report - Gale-force winds of change
Writing Activity - The rewrite of my Historical Inspirational #3 is at 13,500/100,000 words.
A year ago I'd completed five Historical Inspirationals, submitted them to a number of contests and received several placements. Knowing they needed serious work, I set them aside and focused on establishing a Web presence.
A few months later, I began work on an idea I had for a Contemporary Inspirational. I had a lot of fun at first, but then I began to have doubts about my ability to write young. My progress slowed until a few weeks back it had come to a complete halt.
The story wasn't working. The dialogue dated me. So, I asked myself some tough questions: "What now? Do I delete the file and forget it? Or do I forge ahead in hopes of recapturing the surge of excitement I felt initially?"
I stepped back from the manuscript, focused on other things, waited and prayed.
During my break from the story, I attended the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. For five days I had no computer or Internet access to occupy me. I spent time with other writers on the journey and many gifted authors, wonderful people who shared their knowledge and experience freely.
In that special setting, I received my answer.
One question other conference attendees asked me repeatedly was, What do you write?" I came up with a quick answer: "I write Historical Inspirational Romance." The more I said that brief sentence, the more at peace I became.
I felt a call to return to my first love: the stories that had flowed from my fingers as freely as warm syrup over pancakes. The stories that earned me two finals in the 2008 Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® contest for unpublished romance writers. The stories that brought me joy.
I didn't delete the file for the Contemporary Romance, but I haven't opened it in weeks. Instead, I've begun a major revision on one of my Historicals. The first week, I wrote 11,000+ words. I hadn't experienced a week like that in nearly 18 months.
My fingers are once again flying over my new iMac's nifty aluminum keyboard. I'm enjoying the thrill of writing again. For me, the past is my present, and I couldn't be happier.
Have you ever experienced a time when you had to say no to something that had seemed so right at first? How did you handle it?