Have you missed me?  I had an eye infection (no, NOT Pink Eye) and I couldn’t see.  No, not blindness, but it was very hard and painful to keep my right eye open, then once I could, I was so light-sensitive I might as well have kept my eye closed.  But things are clearing up now, and I’ve actually been able to have the lights on and go out in the sun.  Sounds drastic, huh?  Well, it was.  But I got to an ophthalmologist who prescribed some very nice eye drops that have almost completely cleared everything up.

Next up: NaNoWriMo is well underway, and unfortunately, my novel is not – because of the above reason.   Did you decide to do NaNoWriMo?  What are you writing?  I’m still building my story, meaning it doesn’t fit in to any genre yet or really have a base.  I know what I want it to be “about” and how I want it to end up, but I’m still not sure how it’s going to get there.   The last manuscript I started writing took over itself and pulled me in an entirely different direction than what I’d expected.  So much so that I had to change the “voice” from a third person omniscient narrator to a first person voice from my main character, a 13-year-old boy.  So far, the NaNo story is still in third person omniscient, but that’s not to say that by chapter 10 or so I will be being dragged in an entirely different direction than how I’m starting.

I think this is how it is for many writers – whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction.  You start with an idea, but it may or may not be fully developed by the time you put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard).  Some writers are so prepared they have outlines, detailed descriptions of all their characters and settings (for fiction) or the main points they want to hit on or cover (for non-fiction).  Me, I need to write it first and then I can go through and outline it and make those character cards detailing everything from eye color to “fatal flaw”.

Anyway, it is time to turn back to my story.  Happy writing!