Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

I know my sons are a source of writing inspiration for me. If I’m not working on my dream, how can I ask them to work on theirs?

I guess one could make a cheesy analogy between motherhood and writing. I’ll spare the readers here.

I want to finish up on some final words for inspiration and creation.
What happens when you don’t have ideas?
This seldom happens to me. In fact, I generally have too many ideas. Yet, there are times when I am look at the white MS Word document before me and wonder what comes next.

This past week I participated in the NaPiBoWriWee (the National Picture Book Writing Week) and wrote seven (very rough) picture book drafts in one week. Most of these stories will probably not make it past my computer screen; however, it was an interesting process to come up with a brand new story every day. Sometimes the act of writing itself works as discovery. No plans, just process. This was how I wrote many years ago. I realized how much I miss the energy. Planning is great and necessary, but it is also nice, sometimes, to see what spontaneity creates.

Next up…
The rough draft!

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