With Drake on her left, Connor on her right, and Riley asleep between them, they were the true definition of a love triangle.
– © Trish Marie Dawson, Find Me 4
Every writer has hit the emotional bottom “IRL” before, whether it’s the day after a break up, a death, a scandal, a failure, or a presidential election. We may live in a world of make-believe most of the time, but us writers are people to. We hurt, we cry, we laugh, we love. And we do all of these things while attempting to balance along that precarious edge that is fiction writing (or non-fiction, don’t want to leave y’all out).
So, how do we write when we can barely function in life, due to its ups and downs and constant challenges? We write through it, that’s what we do. We channel that energy into our work. Sometimes literally, by creating a character just to kill them in a horrendous bloodbath. Or we throw a ‘happily ever after’ love story at another character. But…how? Perhaps writing is like therapy, a chance to be sad, be angry, be delirious, be hopeful, be madly in love, be homicidal, etc…in an environment that won’t gain us a shiny new set of metal bracelets that only come off with a key.
Author friends of America (and especially my NaNo comrades) and everywhere else in the World, I’m challenging you to do this today. This week. This month. The remainder of this year, and into the next. Channel today’s rage or sorrow, your love or fear, and put it down onto the page. Torture your babies with it, because this is what makes good fiction. And right now, I do believe the world needs more good fiction.
We use what we have, or what we are going through, and write it into our little worlds for the delight of others. This is how we cope with life, and this is how we cope with the voices in our heads. And today, that’s what I’ll be doing. Will you join me?
As I dive into the 7th day of NaNoWriMo, I get to do something I absolutely love (maybe more than is healthy) and create a villain. See, in Riley’s world, even the protagonists can go bad…if only for a day. This villain-to-be is such a character, though I do believe the villain part may be around till the end. Character arcs are a fun thing to see happen over time in a series, and this one will be a bumpy ride. To compliment today’s undoing (in the story, y’all), I came across the perfect song to fit the moment. No doubt, it will be on repeat for a majority of the day. Enjoy…
Writer friends – I’m curious – what are your favorite villain songs to write to? For me, each character has their own story, and their own song. 😉
I came across a blog post this morning from THE BOOK RIOT that I wanted to share, called The Happily Bookish (clink on the link to read the original post). It’s a fun reminder that books, unlike so many other things (and people), basically stick around forever, and despite the busy lives we lead (single or married or other), they will always be there for us. Sweet, right?!
This post, which advocates for a Happily Bookish Week, struck me as a great idea to help spread to y’all. Want to join me on a book challenge this week?? If so, post a picture of you with your current read, or just a picture of the book itself, and share this post with your friends! Let’s help spread awareness of how awesome, special and enjoyable reading can be!
As for me, I’m in writing mode, but have been sticking my nose in a new book that was a gift from a friend when I get a free moment: Kristy Turner’s, But I Could Never Go Vegan