Hello friends in the blogging world. It’s great to be writing this post! 🙂
Now that I have a working laptop (a MacBook, a gift to myself for having delivered a baby boy. A gift I am enjoying immensely) I have begun thinking about my novel that I was working on before baby was born. I am in the final stages of that novel, and I have been informally drawing a list in my mind of what is left to be done to it. On my way to my laptop I stopped off to wash a bowl of cherries – and voila, I had a post.
It’s cherry season! One my favourite times of the year! Summer, but normally not too hot, most of the humidity passed. August coolness waving in. I associate cherries with my children, as they were all born around this season. Myself, in a pyjama, newborn on my lap, a giant bowl of cherries. My son and daughter, their lips stained with the crimson juice once they became old enough to eat them. Now, the baby 2 months old, watches us gobble down the cherries, his eyes wide wide, his brow furrows, and we fight over who had the most and who gets the last one. Inevitably my middle child wins.
As I washed my cherries, I considered how much I enjoy this season, and I realize that this is what caused me to make a large mistake in my novel. I do not write with a first draft with an outline. I cannot. It blocks the story from me. The outline comes after I have the story written. In my novel, the story spans a period of 10 months. It begins in spring and ends in summer. hmmmm. Something wrong there. I laughed at myself when I was done my first draft and saw what I had done. I plotted it all out, and then tracked the season change. This is most likely the largest task that awaits me in this novel, adjusting the scenes to the seasons.
Do you find that your own preferences can influence your writing in such a way? How do you go about curbing these odd tendencies?