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  • October 25th, 2007 | 9:31 PM
and suddenly a door opens and plot unfolds

 It's always amazing to me when a book makes a shift from being just an idea or a concept to an actual story with a life of its own. 

Sometimes it's a result of changing format, like when I moved from straight prose to free verse in Hugging the Rock

Sometimes it's because a book has percolated long enough that it just bubbles to the surface in a boil that pours onto the page (after over 25 years of simmering as it did with Can I Pray With My Eyes Open?)

Sometimes it's because you just keep asking your character the same question over and over again until he finally answers you just to get you to shut up. And then you make a phone call or two or three or ten (I lost track) to verify what's real and what's not and before you know it, you have piles of conflicts and questions without answers and people keeping secrets and dozens of scenes waiting to be written.

And so it begins.

And not all of it takes place on solid ground.

 
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There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.



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janni
October 26th, 2007 05:37 am (UTC)
Yaaay!
susanwrites
October 30th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
love the icon!
slatts
October 26th, 2007 10:32 am (UTC)
sounds like it's taking flight! bravo!
susanwrites
October 30th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
well as long as I don't crash and burn . . . which of course is my biggest fear.
slatts
October 30th, 2007 11:12 am (UTC)
Hold that throttle tight...if you make it thru these few rough clouds, it's blue skies ahead!
liz_scanlon
October 26th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
Aaaah, goodness. Now sit back and enjoy the flight...
susanwrites
October 30th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
You mean the part where I chew my nails down to the nubs and then some while I try to find the rest of the plot? :-)
kellyrfineman
October 26th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
Huzzah! Good for you, sticking with it!
susanwrites
October 30th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
Well sticking with it for real will mean finishing the blasted thing and that remains to be seen. ;-)
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susanwrites
October 30th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
Fingers crossed.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

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