Here I am again, another week another blog. At the suggestion of one of my readers I was speaking with, I’m going to blog a little more about my ‘journey’ as a writer, specifically as it relates to my books. At first I was a little perplexed by the suggestion. The thing that sprung to mind was, “I’m not published yet, so what can I talk about?” Then, as we discussed it further I finally made the connection – sometimes it takes me a moment or two – I could blog about some of the subjects that are in my stories. I’m not sure IF you, my readers, will like it, but I’ll never know until I give it a try, so here it goes.
As part of my current book I needed to get a visual in my mind of a pink bathroom dated in and around the 1950’s. I googled images and WOW, talk about insanely ugly! The worst part, was realizing that our family home had once had a pink bathroom very similar. I had forgotten all about it. Over the period we lived in that house, that bathroom had undergone several renovations. It wasn’t until I saw the pink and black tiles online that I was quickly swept back into my childhood home. It was kind of fun. Another interesting tidbit I uncovered was a kind of unique Hollywood fact about a famous movie star as it relates to pink bathrooms. If it doesn’t get axed by the editing process, I slipped that little nugget into my book.
I also needed to do a little research into child sex abuse, as I, fortunately, never experienced it. I read through some truly graphic accounts of sexual abuse that, frankly, made me feel sick to my stomach. To learn about how the long term effect that kind of abuse has on the human psyche is almost beyond my comprehension. I’m not sure it’s a good thing, but I certainly feel better informed now about sexual abuse towards children. I even questioned myself if I wanted to write that element into the story. In the end I decided to keep it, unless my editor says otherwise.
That’s it for this week, tell me what you think? Do you want to hear about my process of writing? Or are there other things you’d like to hear from me? It’s so early in the Blog process; I really don’t have a style yet. I can change it anyway I want at this point – I don’t think I’ll offend anyone.
Now for this week’s inspirational quote:
We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what we’ll do, by finding out what we’ll not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
Samuel Smiles – A Scottish Author
Have a great week!