To put it simply, I had a great writing day. In fact, I’d say I had a breakthrough of sorts. I did something different – not deliberately but because the creative process was screaming at me, “You have to do it this way!”
Who was I to say no?
Here’s the thing – I got past “reportage.” In my previous books, I have done interviews and reported on them. Simple. I have taken myself out of the equation. I have read writing where people deliberately put themselves into the picture and it has sounded forced and awkward – an interruption of the “real” story.
Fro my second book, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives, my editor asked me to put add some personal reflections. I did and it didn’t feel right. It didnt’ flow naturally. There was no need for it. It did not illuminate the stories or move the plots forward.
Today was different. But then this book is different. I am writing about sustainable communities – a subject I am passionate about and, let me dare say it, that I have a few strong opinions on. Truthfully, I didn’t even know I had so many opinion until I started writing. Today I threw my own thoughts and ideas into the text. And it works. I am doubly excited and inspired by this manuscript. I can hardly wait until my next session on Friday.
It all adds up to writing that is flowing beautifully. I think it might very well turn out to be a good book.