Writing Despite the Shiny Things

I have been babysitting my grandson, ‘the Terminator’ this week, as I do the first week of every month.  He is a lot fun to be around, and I have not really gotten a whole lot of work done.

We have been to the library, and had a great time, and we’ve been to the local park.  I have played many games of kick-ball and while I am not really in the class of my favorite (now retired) Seattle Sounders goalie Kasey Keller I will admit I am quite good at it for a grandma.

My grandson tells me so, frequently.

But in the meantime, I am not able to get much writing done on the last few chapters of my book, ‘Huw the Bard’.  I need to be done with it by November 1st because that is when I embark on 30 days of writing a brand new 50,000 word novel. I have no idea what the title will be, and I think I have an idea for the story–at least I made an outline for a possible novel. It will be a month of frantic keying, wishful thinking and hopefully staying on task!

I am so glad my friend Stardale guided me to NaNoWriMo. I have met some of my closest friends through participating in this word-fest for the last two years.  My first book, The Last Good Knight came out of the 30 days of November 2010 albeit in a much different form than it is now.  It was written in November in a skeletal, unfinished form.  This, I discovered later, is how books all begin.

I then rewrote the novel in December and again in January 2011.  It was edited in April of 2011, again in October of 2011, and re-edited a third time in June of 2012.  It has been my journey of growth as an author, that book.  There are many things I would do differently if I were to write it today, and even more I would keep just as they are. I love that book, and all the characters within it.

Writing ‘Huw the Bard’ has been a wonderful experience, because I have been able to revisit some of my favorite characters.

Trying to squeeze out these last two chapters has been heck.  Oh, I am getting there, but I am using every excuse possible to avoid ending this tale. Maybe the real problem isn’t so much lack of inspiration and too many ‘shiny thing’ distractions as it is not wanting to say goodbye to my tale.

These are some of my favorite characters, and maybe I am just not ready to let go of them.  The time has come, however to end their tale.

It is not easy to let your children fly.

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