But I suppose after all that, I really came away with one question:
Did anyone pick up a grey spiral notebook with a bunch of papers stuffed in it with notes that aren’t very legible?
Cuz I lost mine.
And I really want to find it because I’ve been using it to store all my brainstorming notes and thoughts that pop into my head as I write my new middle grade book. I have printouts from websites stuffed in there, and notes from a documentary I watched, and little drawings and notes I wrote to Eve and Jay during some of the speeches at the conference. (Oops! Did I just write that out loud?)
Coming back from the conference and trying to sit down and get busy with the process of writing is kind of like taking a whirlwind romantic anniversary vacation with your man to a place that’s exotic and warm and smells nice, then coming back home to clean up cat puke and balance the checkbook. It has to be done, but it isn’t all that pretty.
I’ve spent this week coming down from my National Conference high, remembering all that was exotic and nice-smelling, and realizing that this process of writing books is…really…hard.
I got an email newsletter from Bruce Hale (go check out his website to get one…it’s great!) and he had a quote in there that really rang true for me today:
Writing is easy. All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.
- Gene Fowler
Wow. That is totally gross.
But true. Anyone with me?