I have not given up, simply reevaluated. I obviously need more practice and I need to hone my craft. I also may be looking to write the wrong kind of story, at least right now. A friend mentioned to me that she thinks I am suited for writing light humor. Could be. I can do smart ass with ease so humor isn’t a problem. My draft first chapter was the polar opposite of humor with absolutely no smart ass-ery anywhere in sight.
So I am thinking on that.
I attended The Big Orange Book Festival last weekend. LOVED. IT. It was worth rising at 5:45 on a Saturday morning to drive an hour and a half north. I met authors Sharon Lathan and Syrie James, who were discussing Jane Austen, and it completely geeked me out. I could just imagine getting into a time machine and meeting Jane Austen. I would probably have a heart attack (or at the very least, a panic attack) on the spot. But I digress.
For aspiring writers (and even those published ones, you lucky dogs) I can’t recommend enough how inspirational book festivals and fairs are. If you recall, I attended the UCLA Writers Faire last month. Came home energized and revved up to write. Same thing after attending a panel at The Big Orange Book Festival. In fact, I broke out my laptop and began typing up a character study. Yep, I was that inspired.
As I am fighting to keep my eyes open this afternoon and given family appointments later on, I doubt I will get much done in the way of writing today. That’s okay. I tend to be very hard on myself when it comes to when and what I write. Do you? But the ideas are always rolling around in my head, begging to be let out.
I did write a blog post this morning for my side business. It’s about taking the truth, turning it on its ear and letting your imagination run wild. It was born from a quote by author and teacher Zola Lawrence. This is a shameless self plug, but check out the post here and let me know what you think.