Well, not really, but sometimes, I swear I think like one. A man, that is. What brought this on? My WIP. I had a phenomenal writing weekend. I kicked major butt as my fingers soared across the keyboard. My word count meter climb. Phew! I needed that. My inspiration? My hero. I click with him. I know him inside and out. His scenes are always super easy, well easier, for me to write and in my opinion, they are some of the best in the story.
This weekend I decided to channel that. I started out a scene writing in his POV knowing that would get my momentum going. I wasn't wrong. When I switched to my heroines POV, I still kept the hero in mind. Is that wrong? Quite possibly, but it really seemed to work for me. I was afraid that when I went back and read over it, Meera (heroine) would have developed some of Ghanem's (hero) traits. She didn't. I think I just used him to push me, make me want to get back to his scene, but I couldn't do that until Meera got her fair share.
By doing this I propelled the story forward. I need to go back and add a few "scenery" details here and there, but for the most part, the bones, organs and muscles are all there. I just need some pretty skin to cover them.
Which brings me to one of my favorite parts of writing. Adding flavor. Layering. It's amazing how just a couple of descriptive sentences here and there can really give the reader a better view into the environment I've created. Whether it be a mossy canopy of trees over a moonlit road, or a dumpster in the back alleys of Chicago. Those details set the tone, add the flavor for all the dialog and emotion we've sweat out. And yes, I do mean sweat. Writing is a workout. Not only for the brain, but for the soul. Writing takes every creative gene I have and wrings it out over and over again, extracting all the juices until I'm all dried up for the day. A break now and then, whether it be 5 minutes or overnight rejuvenates my entire system allowing me to get right back on the bull and ride the heck out of him. Hold on tight! This is one wild ride.
So what is your favorite part of writing? Reading? When is the last time you rode a bull?
SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi