Do you ever feel like there's so much emotion inside of you that it's difficult to figure out what you're really feeling? In the past, writing has helped me. But lately, there's so much going on in my life that I haven't been able to write. I understand that a large part of being a successful writer is discipline, but there are times when the most determined of individuals are so overwhelmed by life that writing just isn't an option.
Lately, I've been telling people about my novels. I find that explaining them gets me excited about the characters. It's a simple pleasure, but many good things stem from such a feeling. It motivates me to open those documents and skim through. In some cases, I'm given an opportunity to read a passage aloud to someone. I find this is particularly helpful, one, because I have an easier time correcting any awkward word combinations in my dialogue, and two, because it connects me with my characters. If I have to feel their emotion while I'm reading, it breathes life into them. It makes them seem more like real people. Old friends. And I find myself wanting to get to know them all over again.
I'm working with someone to set up an official website for all of my writing pleasures, and I will hopefully be starting a new blog over there. If all things go well, I'll take all of these memorable posts and move them to the new site. It's unclear at the moment if I will keep this blog active, but the new site will provide me with infinite new possibilities for marketing.
I'll keep you guys posted on the progress. I hope that you'll follow me when I make the transition.