I find myself set up at my dinning room table with my laptop in an attempt to decide what to post for tomorrow’s blog. With tomorrow being Easter it brings up a variety of random thoughts that are difficult to herd. However, this is sort of challenge that is very much a part of writing, so we’ll explore these thoughts together.
First of all Easter has always been one of my son’s favorite holidays after Christmas and Halloween. Christopher enjoyed the egg hunts in the yard and of course all the goodies that he received. There was always a delicious ham dinner at his grandmother’s house where Christopher would acquire additional gifts and booty. Every year he made out like fox in a hen house with money, chocolate, and toys! However, at the tender age of twenty he’s grown up and is currently overseas serving in the United States Marine Corps. Hunting for colored eggs is likely the furthest thing from his mind today as he goes about his duties. This Easter, as we did last year, we will have our dinner without Christopher. We will gather together, speak fondly of him and pray for his safe return.
Besides the melancholy reflections of a father I am concerned with the progress of my current writing endeavor. I have a great start, but have noticed that I’ve fallen into some habits that I was looking to break. My awareness of this is a positive. I still can go through and rework certain sections to accomplish my goals. The real boost has been reading the other posts on this blog. Inspiration, humor and useful hints have assisted me in pushing my limits as a writer and I do feel fortunate to be a part of A History of Romance.
That is enough of my self-indulgent ramblings. It is time to offer something on the subject of writing.
One bit of advice I can offer to other authors is the importance of choosing good conditions in which to work. If you acknowledge that you write better under the correct circumstances then you can arrange to have those conditions. It creates an atmosphere of productivity that you can focus your efforts in.
For me, I write best at night. It is ten o’clock, the breeze is wafting through the window and a world of infinite possibilities is churning in my mind. The darkness outside holds mystery and I can see whatever I want within it. I’m not sure what my fascination with the nocturnal hours is, but I’ve always felt more alive and more myself during its passing. When I write at these hours it flows from me without pause, the character’s voices are loud and the scenes are crystal sharp in my mind. It is a powerful vision and I loose all sense of time while within it.
Editing is another story. I do best during the morning with corrections, rewrites and fixes. The burden of the day hasn’t worn down my mind and the fiery chimerical images that spur my writing at night aren’t distracting me.
So be aware of what works for you, roll with it and don’t fight it. You’ll be more productive and a lot happier. In the meanwhile I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter and until next time, happy writing.
Michael Matthews Bingamon