It's funny how our lives are a series of small connections. I recently experienced a few online that brought me back to my writing center, and home to where I need to be on this literary journey. Let me explain.
A month ago, I had stopped at a new liquor store in my husband's home town, which as it turns out, belongs to my old art gallery landlord. When I got back home, I connected with him on Facebook and caught up with what he and his wife had been doing since we lost touch with them.
In one Facebook conversation, I noticed a young actor named Jeff Bosley, whose eyes and smile looked like my novel's male protagonist. I threw him into the collective gene pool I use to "build" my characters. With my theater background, it's not surprising that I "cast" my characters as though I'm directing a play.
From there, I connected with Mr. Bosley on his own social media links and noticed we had some similar experiences in theater and even growing up. That gave me a bit more fodder for my story. Soon I was connecting with other acting friends he had on Facebook. People like Janden Daniel Hale, who runs a Facebook page called Colorado Writers and Publishers.
That, my friends, is just what I'd been looking for and needed right now. A local group of writers, vibrant and diverse enough to explore beyond the boundaries of just writing. These people are actors, playwrights, musicians, artists - in short, people like me, and right in my own back yard. That suits me just fine, because for all the love I have of the vast and wonderful Internet, sometimes I want closer connections. I'm thinking next year will see me at a few state writing conferences so I can meet other authors face-to-face. I also hope to be part of a live critique group, a goal that's eluded me for ten years. I'll share more about that next month.
Not surprisingly, the theme in my mystery novel plays along the same lines, and brings the protagonists back home to discover the real purpose of their lives. Suddenly, the book I've let linger all summer has become exciting again, and I plan to get my first draft knocked out by Christmas 2014.
Because, you know, I can't get the screenplay written until I do. I can envision this book as a movie. I can see Jeff Bosley as the main character. I walk the streets of my imaginary Morristown as though it really were a small town in Colorado. I can dream, can't I? I can also find out just what I need to learn to help the dream along. So this month I'll be gathering information about what it takes to get a novel to the screen. August is all about learning something new.
And writing, of course. I'm on a tight schedule to get that first draft of Book #1 completed by 12/24/2014. It may sound daunting, but it's really only 5 pages per day, five days a week. I can do that.
What about you? Do you have a hankering to try something you haven't done before? What is it? How do you find the inspiration to continue a long and involved writing project? Are you up for a declared writing goal? Leave me a comment!
|Dani Greer is founding member of this blog, and is hopelessly trapped in a submissions mailbox sorting through manuscripts. She dreams of weeding gardens, knitting socks, and finishing the first book in her new mystery series by Christmas.|