Even though I've been inundated with preparing for my upcoming surgery, I haven't been completely out of the writing game. I'm nearly finished with my next history article. This one is on a World War II combat artist named Ed Reep. He is nearing 94 years old and lives in California. He served in Italy as an artist, painting and sketching what he saw around him. His story is amazing and since I have corresponded with him, he is also an amazing man. I would love to write his complete life story and may get the chance if I can ever get all my ducks in a row. I have an invitation to visit, no less, and I really want to accept!
I'm also embarking on a "fun" writing project - one that I turn to whenever I don't want any pressure whatsoever. When I sit down to work on this project, I am actually forcing myself not to feel any type of self-recrimination, i.e. This stinks! Who let you think you could write?. I'm also not allowing myself to edit, but just writing, writing, writing, even if it sounds bizarre and crazy. It doesn't matter. There are no rules in this particular story.
It got me to thinking how I need to use this type of mindset in all of my writing endeavors - at least for the first draft. For some reason, when I'm working on something that I know will go to an agent or editor at some point, I am not as loose with my writing. Therefore, that's why I decided to make this particular novel a fun project only. Will it ever be seen by the public? I don't know. At this point, it doesn't matter. It's just for fun.
In other writing news, my daughter has surpassed the 100,000 word mark on her novel. I am in awe.
If I haven't been by your blog lately, please accept my apologies. I will try to visit soon!