Saturday, March 8, 2008

The Story Behind the Story

I've been thinking for a long time about starting a blog about my writing journey, but I haven't had the courage. Now an online class through my writing group has given me that courage, so here I go.

The 90,000-word novel that I am working on has a long life and a story of its own. The seed idea for it came to me in the 1950s. In the 1960s I created the main characters and jotted some notes about setting which can still be found in it today. In South America in 1975, I sat down and wrote five pages, single spaced, on a san-serif typewriter. It was Chapter 1, and all the rest back story. Horrors!

Ten years later, when it became clear we would not be continuing in South America, I brought those five pages home to Texas and by fall of 1987, I had the story completed. What has happened since then, especially in the last three years, is a drama all its own as I have learned better writing techniques and worked to bring the thing into the writing styles of this century. Stay tuned!

1 comment:

Peg Brantley said...

Congratulations for stepping out in faith, Esther. I know it isn't always easy.

A story that's been with you for as long as this one has deserves to be written, and deserves to be written with the highest level of craft you can develop. ACFW is an amazing place for craft enhancement.

I love your energy, your willingness to try new things, and your heart that says it's okay if you trip up and need to start again.

Your pictures are terrific, and I promise, they'll come easier. I don't even use photobucket anymore.