To me, the best time to be a writer is before you sit down and write the story. I have taken to calling this the “honeymoon” period. Like a true honeymoon, it is a time of fun and joy and endless promise for a writer.
I been in this fun stage lately with a new historical romance series I am brainstorming. This is such an enjoyable time, because the story ideas are flowing and anything seems possible. The moment when all of the ideas start coalescing into a plausible story is magical. The ideas start flowing even faster then, which amps up my energy and enthusiasm to write.
One could compare this to the moment in a wedding reception when you look at the happy young couple sharing their first dance and see their loving future glowing bright in their eyes. Later, when the laughing, excited couple runs to their car under a hail of rice to depart for their honeymoon, it lifts everyone around them. Somehow, you know they will have a great time on their trip and a wonderful life together afterward. This produces an extra level of energy in everyone waving good-bye.
This is similar to the energy I get when dreaming up a new story. I suppose this zeal is intentional on my muse’s part. I will need this enthusiasm to carry me through the months of writing the first draft. In a marriage, once the honeymoon is over, it takes hard work and perseverance to keep the marriage healthy and moving forward. So it is with a new story. Sitting in front of the keyboard and typing the thousands of words necessary to keep the story moving forward is not nearly as much fun as partying somewhere exotic.
So for now, I will enjoy the honeymoon. The real work of marrying an idea to my writing is yet to come. But I know I can make this relationship work, and get to that golden moment when I am able to type “The End” on what could be considered my story’s first anniversary. When that day comes, I will invite you to the “anniversary dinner” to celebrate it with me.
In the meantime, check back to this blog for updates on my writing journey as I return from story honeymoon and get back to the hard work of making my writing marriage a success.
I write historical romances, and I invite you to share the journey to published author with me.