Status: 27,000 words out of 100,000
Words added/rewritten this week: 5,000
I've passed the first quarter mark in the major revision of my historical, and I'm delighted with the story so far. In order to make things better for my heroine in the long-term, I had to take away something she valued more than almost anything else. The poor woman is suffering, but things will get better. She can trust me.
My own life was filled with change this week. I'm now the mother of a high school graduate. When the nurse handed me that adorable baby girl swaddled in a snowy white blanket over eighteen years ago, I never dreamed I'd be witnessing her wonderful graduation ceremony so soon.
I'm an emotional person by nature. That's why I love a story that takes the characters through the range of emotions. However, writing such a story when I'm in the middle of a dramatic change was interesting.
What I learned this past week was that writing was the best thing I could have done. When tears threatened as I reflected upon my daughter's life, I hastened to the computer, opened my manuscript and imbued my characters with deeper responses to their experiences, making the story richer and even more fun to read.
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How do you deal with those times when events in your life become intense and emotions are running high? Do you put your story on hold, or do you use your writing as therapy?