Today was one of those days. Emotional music to match emotional writing.
My mind is moving 100mph on things outside of just writing in a book. The larger future keeps whispering in my ear and I can’t ignore it. And, I don’t think I want to ignore it. Honestly, I want to run to it and jumpstart it. Plus, I wasn’t looking forward to writing about an emotional part in the book. I am adding another layer of frustration for Wrinkles to battle through and it almost feels like I’m punishing him. Yet, I do realize that he has to go through this in order for young readers to get a better understanding of how we all have a lot to overcome in order to be successful.
So, instead of powering up the laptop, I decided to leave the house right before what is usually my most productive writing time of the day. I wanted to breathe the fall air and look at the city that my books take place in. I wanted to go past the school I worked at when I wrote my first Wrinkles Wallace book. I wanted to take some time to drive by Eastern Michigan University and reflect on my experiences there. I thought about my undergrad years and how I ended up at The University of Nevada Las Vegas. I thought about how much I went through to get my Master’s degree from EMU while using Wrinkles as the main part of my culminating project. Lastly, I thought about my experiences at the Eastern Michigan Writing Project. At that point I was ready to send Wrinkles through another dose of hard times.
At home, the writing went well. I managed to serve Wrinkles some lemons and utilize Grandma Wilbur to show him how to make some lemonade. After writing those four pages… I was mentally exhausted. I need to go back to my drawing book and start planning again.
Thanks for reading.