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Brittany: Renewal: Spring in South Carolina

I don’t want to rub it in… okay, yes I do. Lately the weather here in Greenville has been hovering in the low 70s. The ground hog in Western North Carolina predicted winter, but the ground hog in Atlanta predicted spring. We don’t have a weather-predicting groundhog of our own, so we have been shifting back and forth between the two. First there’s a 70 degree day. Then the next day or two it’s rainy and cold in the 50s. Once you’ve grown to dislike that weather, you’ll have a beautiful sunny day again, just so you learn to appreciate it. I am in heaven.

We have been putting our zoo membership to good use lately and taking walks to the neighborhood playground as well. Like Miranda, I just can’t seem to find the time to exercise, but it seems a waste not to enjoy the sunshine. It does energize me, much to the detriment of my writing. After a nice walk outdoors, I am ready to write, which is a problem considering that I should be winding things down. But I have come to love my book, as much or more so than the weather, and all this yearly renewal is making me want to create. I sit down and think “I am going to bang out this last chapter” and before I know it, I’ve found a spot somewhere fifteen chapters back where I can write a little scene. Then there’s a touch more dialogue here. And maybe a little exposition there. I have said before that the creation of this book is less a writing exercise and more like the construction of the Winchester Mystery House. It seems that the writing part is neverending. I know I need to stop, but I am enjoying myself way too much. I’ve never finished a novel before, and now that I know I can, I don’t want to.

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  1. Brittany, I love your ground hog and Winchester Mystery House analogies. πŸ™‚ Your description of the weather makes me want to move to South Carolina. It’s pretty cold in the northwest suburbs of Chicago right now.

    Good luck on your book. Don’t knock yourself for not finishing a chapter when you’re focusing on rewrites and scene edits. It’s that process that takes writing to the next level, and is equally as important as getting the first draft of words on the paper in the first place.

    February 24, 2008
  2. I’ll make you a deal. You let us move in with you. We can take turns watching all our children so we each get writing time. And we can all walk together in the zoo. Deal??? PLEASE????

    February 25, 2008
  3. Hey Christa,

    Check out the pictures on my personal blog and tell me if you really want to live with me right now. πŸ˜›

    February 25, 2008

    February 26, 2008
  5. The Buffalo wind chill was negative three today. I’m thinking warm temperatures are what helps you all be so creative. That’s it, time to move.

    February 28, 2008
  6. you know what, if you LOVE the book and are loving writing it… it will show in the work. Your readers will love it too! So, what I say is this… if it takes years to write it, so be it. It will be a lovely read when it IS done. πŸ™‚

    March 1, 2008

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