Stories are always personal for me - that's probably why this one has been difficult. It's not that the subject is difficult, it's that I tend to write the tone of my life into my work and right now my life is dark.
Used to be writing was a lovely respite for me. But the muse suffers when I suffer. I'm stretching myself by fighting to keep the muse alive so I can keep going. I hope this will make me a tougher mother, wife, friend and author. Who knows.
I'm dying to be done with this project, though. There's a point in every creative process where you're JUST DONE WITH IT. I've written this particular story twice already: years ago as a women's romance and before that as a screenplay.
Writing it now for my YA readers is a fascinating and wonderful trip. I'm loving the changes and the genre fits the story so well the old versions are fading from my thoughts. ( A fight! The characters, stubborn as they were, refused to change! )
Time for me to be disciplined and get back to work.The weekend is almost here and the fam and I are going to the Utah State Fair - our yearly tradition. Wish you could come along - it's an amazing day of sights, scents and fantastic eats!