As I think back, there have been a lot of magic moments for me when a short story came together, but when I finally began to try my hand at writing a novel, is when I realized I truly wanted to be a full time writer.I was feeling very good about my story of The Legend of Joe, Willy and Red, but when I finished the chicken house scene and I had to stop and wipe the tears out of my eyes from laughing so hard, I knew I had something special going on.
This happened on the first draft, which surprised me a great deal. Sometimes, especially after a lot of platitudes, I feel like I have been given this special gift. I don't need music or any other outside influence when I write, other than to allow my mind to run free and transfer all those thoughts to my fingertips. I like fresh air and usually have a window open, so I hear the wind, birds singing and sirens over on the main drag, but none of that influences me or distracts me. I can even hold a conversation with someone and the words just keep flowing. Story-wise I make very few changes from the first draft, nor do I do any special preparation before sitting down to write - other than turn on that little switch in my head. I guess I'm very fortunate... I've never had writer's block or a lack of subjects to write about.
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