Nothing says mission accomplished like typing THE END.  Another manuscript finished, new family members explored.  Truly, characters become like family to writers.  Their quirks, habits, beliefs, and flaws dominate a span of three months to a year of your life.  They whine, complain, laugh, lie, steal, cheat, and sometimes, come full circle with their foolishness.  You sit with them, waiting for them to tell their stories and what lesson they want the reader to glean.  Sometimes, it’s slow going.  They shy away from you some days, like young’uns entering Headstart.  Other days, they awaken you from your sleep yelling, “Come on, I’ve got something to tell you!!!”  You let your fingers guide you as they unfold action, reminding you to show, not tell, what’s happening as they DO what they DO. 

I’ve been hunkered down in the writing cave working on books two and three.  Did some editing, research, rereading, and interviewing.  In a world with immediate access to Google, Bing, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and every other “search” engine known to mankind, I found it refreshing visiting some of my interviewees and talking on the phone with others.  Nothing beats that personal touch.  My characters are glad I did since book two deals with a sensitive subject matter.

I’d planned to take a month off from writing and declutter, decorate, visit relatives, hit a few book fairs, and be still. Wouldn’t you know it, a character named Clayton Miles put his hands on his hips and said, “No ma’am! You gots ta get back in the saddle again!”  So, at Clayton’s behest, I’m doing this blog entry before knocking out my daily goal of 2500 words.

What do you need to do today to get back in the saddle again?  Rewrite a song? Edit a story? Rework a sculpture? Resume the search for your dream job after lots of rejection?  Climb back up in the saddle and try it again.  You’ll be glad you did.