I have set my novel on the shelf for the past three weeks.  I felt it a good idea to step away from it for a while and return to it with fresh eyes.  During that hiatus, I’ve had thoughts about my characters and how they’ll be received.  Will people think I’m writing about them personally?  Will the experiences they go through remind them of something that played out in their own lives?  Will I offend someone with the words written?

I think a writer has a responsibility to think about things like that.  We need to be sure of our facts.  We must be inclusive of the history and timeline of the story.  We must create characters that have human tendencies and passions to make them seem real.  Just as an actor must learn as much about his character before getting on stage, an author must be willing to create living, breathing human beings to be captured in the written word.

We live in a world of political correctness.  Not everyone believes the same as we do.  We all have different goals and are driven by different things, yet we worry how someone will react to what we say, do or write about.  I also believe that writing is just a reflection of life, yet it must be displayed in a way to hold the reader’s interest and leave him longing to read more. This is probably what separates the good writers from the average and excellent authors.

Tomorrow I will take another look at my work.  Who knows where it will take me this time?




As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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  1. JoAnn says:

    I’ve read about several famous writers who put their manuscript away for a while in between drafts.


  2. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Write from your heart.

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