And now, with this COVID-19 thing, there's more time of just me. There's still work from home, yes; but the live, in-person activity I used to be involved with -- Church on Sundays, Bible Study on Wednesdays, Celebrate Recovery groups on Tuesdays and Fridays, outings and gatherings with family and even my boyfriend -- have all become online, text or telephonic experiences.
So, I have no excuse to not write at all...and I've started again! A little bit here and there at first, and then I did a 10-day Daniel "fast" of writing everyday. That's over, and I've got to push myself to keep writing. I am involved with a monthly Zoom writer's group, which helps. It also helps that I'm intrigued with where this piece is going.
The title of the book I'm working on is "Chasing Shadows". Chasing shadows is a Jewish saying that goes something like this: If you focus on light, you'll always have the shadow (money and worldly things). But if you chase the shadows, you'll lose sight of God.
My method of writing is usually to just start writing and follow where the story takes me. I may have a general idea of the storyline or theme, like with the Jewish saying of chasing shadows. But I'm not one to have the whole plot outlined or even thought out. As the writing continues, the plots (main plot and subplots) get shaped and molded and finally develop into a complete novel. It's a very slow process for me, but it works. If I rush it, I end up not liking what I've written and have so much to edit, who knows when I'd have a final product. That happened with the sequel to my first book, Anticipation of the Penitent. The first draft of the sequel is still waiting, with too much that needs to be rewritten.
So, I'm taking my time with Chasing Shadows, while still trying to write consistently. It is inspired by the Jewish saying and a passage from the book of Jeremiah, and so far, I'm very intrigued with it. It's in the early stages, and I don't know where the story is going or will end. But I will keep at it, letting God talk to me through my writing, staying entertained by the characters, and keep developing the plot to an end that will hopefully please God and me, and that will touch others.