"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


Details, details...

I wish I hadn't waited FIVE YEARS to start writing this book! So many of the details have escaped me (thank the Lord my husband seems to have a better memory - about some of the stuff anyway). I just got clarification as to who drove (between the two of us) to the ER that first time.

I am making VERY SLOW progress on my writing - if I'm getting 100 words done a day, it's good. I know it's partly because the kids are home all the time, and I'm trying to get into a routine, but I wonder if there isn't something else involved.

I SO want this book to be accurate, and to impact people who are struggling, that I think I am laboring over each word - perhaps too soon.

Maybe what I need is to just write - find somewhere quiet (LOL yeah right!) and set a timer and just let my pen "blabber" so to speak. Not worry about getting it exactly right (I can double check stuff later) or being sure I emphasize the stuff I want emphasized.

I may have an opportunity to do that today, since Andrew is at camp this morning. Maybe I can send Annika outside and do it.

Pray for me!


  1. Praying for you, Jo dear. That's a good idea to just write. Let God take over your pen or keyboard and just flow in Him. Enjoy the process. Love you so much!

  2. Yes, I will pray. Perhaps just start journaling some of your thoughts, fears, emotions, answered prayer, praises, needs at the time...perhaps just writing as you said will jolt a story into existence. In the meantime, hopefully many others will be blessed. ;)

  3. Yup, I agree. Try the blabbering pen--it always amazes me what comes out when my pen just takes over. *grin* I think there's a lot to be said for NaNoWriMo--it makes you capture and then go back later.

    Definitely praying for you. I can see where it'd be hard to go back there and relive some of it!!

  4. Pink becomes you! You are a good inspiration to the rest of us to keep on track with our writing.

  5. I'm sure you have heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) where you write a whole novel in one month. I like the idea that you just sit down and write without putting too much effort into it. By the end of the month, you should at least have a very rough draft of a book to revise and work with. You may want to take this approach. I guess it depends on what writing style suits you best. You are a better writer than I am, so I probably shouldn't be giving you advice on this. LOL.


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