Some of you know that I have been writing here and there since I was in grade school. I have finished a draft of a novel (which needs some MAJOR revisions) and have been working on something shorter, a novella. It’s slow going because I know that I’m missing something. Each time I come back for revisions, I write another scene that makes the manuscript more interesting and if it is keeping me interested, I think that’s a good thing. I reread it every couple of months and add scenes to it.
I started this novella about 3-4 years ago. It was a short story and I really loved the two main characters and the overall feel of the story. A lot of it takes place in a cemetery, and many of you know, I love cemeteries. One of the main character’s has liver cancer and the other is an adult oncology nurse. In light of my recent cancer news, I feel like I have more insight into what some cancer patients feel throughout the process of their diagnoses. I know liver cancer is quite different from thyroid cancer, but the emotional implications are similar and I’m feeling a very strong drive to write this novel. Yes, now I think I’m turning it into a novel. I have over 18,000 words, not yet novel status, but the more I revise the more I write. this is a story that I truly believe in and I think that is one of the most important things to have when you are writing. I’ve got this deep seated conviction about this story, that I need to write it and get it out of my system. It’s a good feeling and that’s why I love writing. My characters are so familiar to me they are like good friends; I want to help get through the problems that they are facing, even if it is death.
Making time to write never felt better. And it doesn’t always feel good.