First off, please pray for Cheryl. She lost her mother a few days ago, and it's been a very hard time for her. Praying for you, Cheryl!
I'm working on Rosemary Cottage, the sequel to Tidewater Inn. I'm supposed to be on vacation here in Hawaii, but after about a week, I found myself thinking about my plot and characters. The next thing I knew I was jotting down ideas. Then I was actually writing a scene here or there. :)
My new book is set in the Outer Banks so the setting is conducive to the thought process as well. And I'm getting some great ideas for characters here as well. Like surfers who are out in the middle of the storm that's been hitting us the last few days. And the Hawaiian lady down by the harbor feeding hundreds of cats dressed in her muumuu with her white hair trailing down her back.
Writers are like that. We see story everywhere we look. We watched a documentary about Taylor Camp the other morning. Taylor Camp was a hippie commune on Kauai's north shore. It was started back in 1969 on some property that belonged to Elizabeth Taylor's brother. I wrote about it in Midnight Sea. The longer I watched the documentary, the more I realized how horrible that lifestyle would be to me. Laying around on the beach all day with NO GOALS for years . Nudity and drugs, nothing but the next selfish activity. Shudder. The thought is unbelievably abhorrent to me. And that tells you something about me as well. :) So again, a study in character that has been fun for me to analyze the past few days.
My definition of a writer is someone who can't NOT write. If you can take up another profession and be happy not creating story, then do it because there's really no down time for a writer. We've been here in Hawaii for two weeks and in that time I've written a newsletter, updated my website, edited and compiled the final manuscript of Secretly Smitten for Ami, attended to some Facebook housekeeping, and done some writing. And of course jotted down ideas! In the past week, I've been antsy to get back to writing more than the occasional scene or two. But that's my life, the mindset of a writer.
So how about you? How long are you able to go without writing? What is your definition of a writer?
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