Stella Leventoyannis Harvey

Onward I Go

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein

Last week I lamented the fact that I hadn’t done much writing since about the end of November. Yes, there have been a few bursts of creativity, then long periods of nothing. So to push myself forward, I decided to set aside three hours every day just to write. Typically, for me, the best time to write is first thing in the morning, before the world wakes up. I think I’ve written about this before, but I love the quiet of an early morning. The stillness gives me permission to be still too, something I don’t do particularly well and something I absolutely have to do in order to enter the fictional world.  

It hasn’t been easy, but as many of you know, I can be a bit stubborn when I set my sights on something. Okay, stop laughing. When I use the words, “a bit” as in I’m a bit stubborn or I’m a bit of an obsessive compulsive or I’m a bit focused, perfect strangers who have met me for the first time, laugh. And that sort of amusement is multiplied ten-fold when I use these words to describe myself in front of friends or colleagues. I’m not sure what I’m doing or saying, but just about everyone seems to understand me better than I understand myself.

Anyway, I started back on my new writing project by first rereading and reediting and changing the chapters I had written last year. I’m part way through this process. I’ve also made further notes for situations and scenes I have to think about in the future. This process has helped me re-enter my new novel. Thankfully. And with each chapter I’ve reviewed, I have found more questions and more paths to explore.

I see this as a good thing. Yes, there is still a lot of work to do. Oh, my goodness, the work. Yikes. Still when I think about it, yes it’s intimidating, but it’s also a good thing to see the work ahead. It means the story is begging to be told.

So onward I go. Not sure where the story will take me, but it’s allowing me in and after I’ve neglected it for so long, I really can’t ask for anything more.

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