Fall Inspiration

Posted by Sherry Roit on Thursday, September 23, 2010 Under: Writing


Autumn, autumn, how I love thee. In Seattle it can't rival the East coast, or even the Missouri and Iowa autumns that I recall. I just hope each year that I'll have some semblance of a real Fall. The crisp air, the crunching (instead of always soggy) leaves. The fog. The clearing during the day, temps in the 60s, air crisp and clean.

Well, so far, I've had my wish this year. (And I've discovered the joys of certain squashes.) It makes for fantastic morning runs, and those morning runs also serve to clear my head while allowing my thoughts to run rampant, too. Yes, really, I can do this at the same time. Strange?

I've been more inspired lately than I have in some time. I've had some aha moments, as far as trusting my ability and story. Things I knew before, but forgot for a while, if you will. A recent, very wonderful review also served to remind me of the way I used to write and why. You see, I'd started to doubt it again, I think. A bit, anyway. This was part of the reason I hadn't written for a while. I also thought I might be out of ideas for where these projects were going.

I've also accused myself of being lazy, lately, when really, I think I'd just lost some of the fun of creation, and began to think too much about pleasing others, and apparently I wasn't in need of pleasing myself either, for a while. These wonderful, peaceful and refreshing Fall mornings have been a great help. It is a time of year, (I've always felt) for going inward. For exploring the darkness as the world itself becomes darker. Perhaps, then, it makes perfect sense that I'm reconnecting with the world in my head—at least, it seems that I am. I'm realizing that I've often been a seasonal person in different ways, from my sleep habits to my eating habits, and so it makes sense that my writing habits might be affected as well.

A time for going inward, to then emerge with something new. Yes, I like this cycle.

So, for the record, as of today, Anatomy of Darkness stands around 7,000 words right now. Grimalkin Manor, about 32,000. PI5, about 19,000.

I'll see where they go and which one crosses the finish line, first. Right now, my protagonist in AoD has my attention, and really, he deserves it, because he's been exceedingly patient while I wrote four other novels. So far, there isn't any real "action", which was something I started thinking too much about—the lack of it, that is. Today, I remembered how I didn't used to give a damn about that and cared more about the story, the characters. And so I wrote, and I did it without fretting about action, or trying to force any. Personally, I'm finding it quite compelling so far. One day I'll see if you all do.

Hrm...the title of this book is fitting for this time of year, the themes, too, no? Si.

What inspires you?

In : Writing 


Tags: writing  fall  inspiration 
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Fall Inspiration

Posted by Sherry Roit on Thursday, September 23, 2010 Under: Writing


Autumn, autumn, how I love thee. In Seattle it can't rival the East coast, or even the Missouri and Iowa autumns that I recall. I just hope each year that I'll have some semblance of a real Fall. The crisp air, the crunching (instead of always soggy) leaves. The fog. The clearing during the day, temps in the 60s, air crisp and clean.

Well, so far, I've had my wish this year. (And I've discovered the joys of certain squashes.) It makes for fantastic morning runs, and those morning runs also serve to clear my head while allowing my thoughts to run rampant, too. Yes, really, I can do this at the same time. Strange?

I've been more inspired lately than I have in some time. I've had some aha moments, as far as trusting my ability and story. Things I knew before, but forgot for a while, if you will. A recent, very wonderful review also served to remind me of the way I used to write and why. You see, I'd started to doubt it again, I think. A bit, anyway. This was part of the reason I hadn't written for a while. I also thought I might be out of ideas for where these projects were going.

I've also accused myself of being lazy, lately, when really, I think I'd just lost some of the fun of creation, and began to think too much about pleasing others, and apparently I wasn't in need of pleasing myself either, for a while. These wonderful, peaceful and refreshing Fall mornings have been a great help. It is a time of year, (I've always felt) for going inward. For exploring the darkness as the world itself becomes darker. Perhaps, then, it makes perfect sense that I'm reconnecting with the world in my head—at least, it seems that I am. I'm realizing that I've often been a seasonal person in different ways, from my sleep habits to my eating habits, and so it makes sense that my writing habits might be affected as well.

A time for going inward, to then emerge with something new. Yes, I like this cycle.

So, for the record, as of today, Anatomy of Darkness stands around 7,000 words right now. Grimalkin Manor, about 32,000. PI5, about 19,000.

I'll see where they go and which one crosses the finish line, first. Right now, my protagonist in AoD has my attention, and really, he deserves it, because he's been exceedingly patient while I wrote four other novels. So far, there isn't any real "action", which was something I started thinking too much about—the lack of it, that is. Today, I remembered how I didn't used to give a damn about that and cared more about the story, the characters. And so I wrote, and I did it without fretting about action, or trying to force any. Personally, I'm finding it quite compelling so far. One day I'll see if you all do.

Hrm...the title of this book is fitting for this time of year, the themes, too, no? Si.

What inspires you?

In : Writing 


Tags: writing  fall  inspiration 
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