When It’s Happening

I’ve noticed a funny thing about writing over the years. When you’re stuck and find yourself with no idea of what you’re writing or what you’re supposed to be doing, you can always find dozens of excuses for not writing anything. You have to go shopping; you have to run a wash; you have to mop the kitchen. There’s always something urgent that absolutely needs to be done now.

On the other hand, when your idea starts to come together; when you feel you know the characters and what they’re going to do; when you can see to the end of the project, then writing fills up your day. You don’t want to do anything else. You don’t want to pick up the phone. You have no patience for social networking. You get up in the morning and without taking time to get dressed, you head downstairs to hit the computer. At night you dream about the story you’re working on. Often, some of your best ideas come into your head through dreams. The characters visit you at night and talk to you. Ideas suddenly spring into your mind. And they work! You feel as if everything in your head and in your life has slipped into the grove of the story,

It’s the best high there is!

Often when I’m doing a school visit or even when I’m talking to adults, someone will ask me why I find such fascination in writing. It seems boring, sitting at a desk all day.

They don’t know. You have to experience it for yourself. Until you do, you don’t know.

You just don’t know.

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