Writing is coming along nicely! I wrote about 1,300 words tonight in my next project! The hubby, Ryan, read it while I went to the grocery store tonight and told me he didn’t want to stop. That’s always what a writer wants to hear. It means we’re doing our job right!
Today, I want to give a little run down of my writing process. When I first come up with a story, I’ve noticed it’s mostly because of a certain soon, music video, or dream. I rarely have ideas that spring from nowhere. It’s almost always something to do with music. Some writers use nature, chores, or other forms of media to get ideas. My inspiration almost always comes from music.
Long drives fuel creativity for me. I will never do this in front of people, because if I did, ifI definitely be given weird looks. But when I’m on long car rides, I imagine different scenes in my books, acting them out as if I were my characters. I imagine how they would say things, how they would move, how they saw the world around them. It’s one of my favorite things to do.
I write every morning until about noon then do stuff either around the house or errands of some sort. I’m lucky enough to be blessed with a wonderful husband who supports everything I do and allowed me to stay home and treat writing like my career. It’s what I’ve always dreamed of on lonely nights.
When I was a teenager, I spent a lot of time alone. I was made fun of a lot and didn’t have many friends This was a good thing, turns out, since I turned to my characters for supper when I needed a friend. I had an experience the other day where I was feeling particularly down. I started reading/editing The Holiday Spirit. There’s a scene where Holly and Mr. Jasper are talking and he tells her that she’s incredibly brave. I don’t say this to pat myself on the back, but it was a moment where my own writing spoke to me. I felt as though he spoke to me rather than Holly and that was more comforting to me in that moment than anything anyone in real life could’ve said.
Writing has helped me sort out my thoughts and emotions toward things that have happened to me in my life. It gives new life to past experiences I otherwise would still be wounded from.
God gave me a gift when he allowed me to become a writer. It hasn’t been easy, by any means, but thus far, it’s worth it. I’m becoming a writer who cannot function correctly without having my daily writing session. I love everything I do for my characters and I love all of them for different reasons.
Ryan asked me once who my favorite character I’ve ever cheated was. I didn’t know how to answer. It’s like asking someone to pick their favorite child. You can’t do it.
I think God sees all of us as protagonists in our own stories and He’s the writer. He knows everything that’s going to happen, has happened, and is happening all the time. He loves us and doesn’t like hurting us through trials, but knows it’ll benefit is in the end.
Just as an FYI reminder, the paperback version of The Holiday Spirit has been revoked from Amazon on account of mistakes found. It’ll be republished for my #ChristmasInJuly promotion I’ll be doing this July, so make sure you subscribe to my mailing list on this site so you can be updated on all the goings on with that! Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too! Thanks so much for your support!
~ Chandler R. Williamson