I apologize for being a day late – but I have a great excuse. I was writing. And writing. And writing. And traveling.
I discovered something about my writing this week. I can’t write just anywhere. If all I’m looking at is a wall, the juices just trickle. But what about when I have THIS to look at?
I was blessed this week. My husband was invited to participate in a conference at Glen Eyrie, in Colorado Springs, CO.
The scenery was breathtaking. The air was dry, not soupy, like July in Kentucky. It. Was. Amazing.
There was a castle. Find out more about Glen Eyrie Castle HERE.
There were rock formations. And I am a total geek when it comes to rocks. My family just shakes their heads when I point out strata on highway cuts on the Interstate . . .
And most of all – there was PEACE.
I literally had it all this week. I had quiet time, I had views no matter where I sat or where I turned. I had a fresh breeze. I had three meals a day provided. I had great wireless Internet. And I had TIME.
Before I left for this trip, I put together an outline of where I wanted my story to go. I had literally started this book two different ways – one with the same main characters as book 1, and one with the secondary characters (from book 1) as the main characters.
I loved them both. Really.
So, while I was in this place that was so beautiful it didn’t look REAL, I found ways I could integrate both versions into one cohesive story.
I just had to get away from distractions and daily life to do that. I now have 30,000 words toward this book!
So my advice for writing? Find a way to GET AWAY. Find a place where when you look up, it FEEDS YOUR SOUL. And the two main components? PRAY, and BREATHE. We can’t always get away to Colorado, but we can find a place to sit where maybe there is a pot of beautiful flowers. Maybe a porch with a breeze. I don’t know. Whatever works for you, DO IT.
Now I just have to recreate Colorado in my den . . .