Thursday, November 4, 2010
Goals of Epic Proportions
As I recline here on my couch trying to recover from my 'Book Club Hangover', nursing a sore throat, and listening to Sid the Science Kid in the background, I began to mentally dissect my book, Heart of Karelia. (for probably the thousandth time) I had walked away from my writing group get together a week and a half ago revived and ready to continue writing with renewed vigor. However, my fun little historical-fiction has now taken on so many plots, sub-plots, characters, and facets that I fear it is turning into an Epic all on its own. Me write an Epic? That is beyond laughable. But some people seem to believe in me. ( imagine that! ) In fact, monday was a perfect example why I'll never get this book finished. When my daughter asked me how much I wrote that day I told her a bit sheepishly, "one page." Her response, "One page!! In two hours!?" She seemed positively incredulous that I had accomplished so little. (Nothing like an eight-year-old to rip you down to size) Of course I chalked it up to being a monday, the day after Halloween, the kids still sugar detoxing, Dustin had just gone out of town, and the excuses went on and on. The truth of the matter was, I was just having an off day, and I finally realized...It is ok to have an off day! (Of course I felt so much better by yesterday because I had managed to write quite a bit more than one page) So here is to keeping our fingers crossed that I'll finish this story sometime in my life time! But as motivation for myself, I decided to put a teaser of the beginning of my book on my blog. Just click on the Heart of Karelia link to the right!