I write to you, not from my desk as usual, but from a charming, secluded lakeside cabin. This change of scenery has proved excellent not only for my mental health, but for my writing life. It has certainly reinvigorated my desire to write. That, combined with the all the “family time” and numerous outdoor activities that one engages in on vacation, has unfortunately led me to forget that today was Saturday (posting day) until just now.
At the moment, perhaps due to the change of physical scenery, I’m engrossed in a fairly new type of writing. I’m writing a short, entirely modern-day horror story that, believe it or not, doesn’t involve any children or teenagers. And–to top it all off–it’s written mostly in the third person, something I almost never do. I’ve always considered myself a first-person writer; it’s much harder for me to portray emotion in my characters when I’m used “he/she” rather than “I.” Nevertheless, I’m a big believer in experimentation and pushing personal boundaries, so I hope that this new genre and style will help me as a writer.
So, these changes in my environment and writing atmosphere are working wonders to clear out the cobwebs, so to speak, and get me back to creating. Now I must get back to that horror short–I think I’ve found the solution to that tricky climax.