Hey, all, not much on my mind today, still recovering from the whirlwind week of traveling. Thanks to Bonnee Crawford for hosting me on Thursday or Friday last week; my guest post–Why I Write–is still there for your viewing pleasure.
It’s funny how ideas spawn ideas. When I first started head-drafting my guest post for Bonnee, I saw it going in a different direction than what Bonnee asked. I wasn’t sure I could really answer her question. Why do I write? Who knows? But when I started going from ‘head draft’ to ‘virtual paper draft’ I found myself veering away from what I thought I was going to write and ending up more or less answering the question. I also left myself with a potential follow-up post, which this isn’t, not exactly.
After finishing the post for Bonnee and basking in the glow of my First Guest Post Ever! I found myself reading Catching Fire, which is book 2 in The Hunger Games trilogy. I enjoyed The Hunger Games quite a bit back when I read it, but knew better than to devour all three books in too short a time period. Time got away from me, and here I was, more than a year later, finally getting back to it. During a point early in the book I found myself reading a passage and thinking, “Yes! Go there! That’s what I want to see!” I could see the book developing in a particular way, and I really wanted it to happen. But Suzanne Collins did not ‘go there.’ She took the book in a different direction, one that was right for her. I’m not going to get into any review of the book. I enjoyed it well enough, though I definitely liked book 1 better.
But between reading Catching Fire, working on Bonnee’s post, and some things I had seen in Absolute Write’s Query Letter Hell section over the last couple of months, I had one of those “Ah ha!” moments, the golden moment where something suddenly becomes crystal clear to me. You ever see anyone say, “Write the story you want to read”? Yeah, it’s one of those pieces of writing advice that’s thrown around with great frequency, and it’s one of the pieces of advice that has just never clicked into place for me. Until that moment.
This is not to say I haven’t been following this advice over the last few years I’ve been seriously writing, but it came through in that moment with a clarity that it hadn’t before. That’s all I’m going to say on the topic for right now. I’m going to have to busy myself organizing my thoughts coherently enough to follow up on this on Friday, but that’s my aim. In the meantime, have a pleasant week!