Blog #7

The Writing of Lily

An Unedited Journal

October 5, 1999

            I am physically tired from my Children’s Ministry job.  I really hate this aging process.  I’m tired all of the time.  I need two days off together to feel like I’ve really had a day off.  The first day is a nothing day. I can’t think or seem to function. All I want to do is watch TV.  I usually feel better on the second day and am ready to go back to work on the third day.  I am so out of shape.  I started the day with a walk and felt so sluggish.  Maybe it’s because all I did is lay around yesterday.  This getting old is for the pits.

            Now that I’ve got all that out—what can I do to make this day productive?  I have an assignment to write for Pathways to God (a devotional booklet).The theme is to be holy.  Now I must think of an example.  I just wrote on the same theme for Devotion, so I can’t use the same example.  Maybe I’ll try to work on Lily while I ponder being holy.


            I wrote a little on the Bradford Inn scene with Sven and Lily at the tavern.

October 15, 1999

            Wow!  I hope a breakthrough. 

            I wrote to Lily yesterday: Okay, Lily, I really want to write your story—so what gives?  Why am I struggling?

            God will write Lily in His own time.

            Then I read Blueprint for Writing by Rachel Friedman Ballon.  Excellent advice on page 45:

            “DO NOTHING–Don’t write anything down on paper.  Live with your idea for a while.  Think about it 24 hours a day.  Let it germinate.  Mull it over, sleep with it, think about it before you commit any words to paper.”

            I have for about 20 years.  I think it’s time to deliver.  It’s like being pregnant for 20 years.  I think it’s time to get it down on paper.

            The problem may be that my characters are flat or one dimensional.  So one day while at the Benbow Inn this week I read about developing characters.  A rounded character is like a sculpture.  The reader can walk around it and see all the angles unlike a flat character like a picture.  As well as what a character looks like the reader must know how the character feels, his or her history, what they sound like, what motivates them, and their behavior or actions.

            Something about Sven:  They say that eyes are the window of the soul. This is not true of Sven. His soft baby blue eyes do not reveal the jealous and brutal man that emerges when he is drunk.

            Back to Blueprint for Writing and my thoughts: I really care about the story and the characters; my burning desire is to let readers know that sinners are saved by

God’s grace; my dad influences my life. I have his genes. I am stubborn (persistent) and I love children. I am a responsible and trustworthy person; My experiences to write:  writing, bodysurfing, 40’s, 50’s, parenting, daydreaming, California, Santa Monica, feelings, high school, Christian Education; What I am passionate about is the story I am working on at the time, and Lily.

            I think I must love all of the characters, not just Lily.

March 1, 2000

            My writing career is not going well—not much happening. I’m glad I enjoy my Children’s Ministry job.

May 9, 2000

            I’m at a crossroads with my writing. I want to set goals, yet I feel under stress with my Children’s Ministry job; I think I need to take it one day at a time and not put pressure on myself with deadlines.

May 15, 2000

A good writing day.

May 20, 2000

I spent November 1999 through April 2000 working on Amigos for the publisher, Kids In Between.  Put it in the mail on Melanie’s birthday, April 24.  I’m somewhat in limbo, not knowing which direction to take. Since then I’ve sold two pieces to the Humboldt Beacon and one, “A Writer’s Conference Can Change Your Life,” to Inkspot—an electronic writer’s publication.  So I am feeling better about a few little sales. Now what do I do— more submissions or concentrate on Lily?

I sure am enjoying Elizabeth Adler’s books. I just finished The Property of a Lady.  It’s excellent. I wish I could write like she does.

June 3, 2000

I have just completed putting what I have of Lily on disks into my new computer as a complete manuscript.  It consists of 20 chapters with chapter titles of the rest of the book.  I am feeling very good about this progress. If I can ever complete the book and get it published, what a day that will be.  So far I think I’ve been working on this project for almost 17 years. 

Today Evergreen Writers met at my house for lunch—Christine Sackey, Sharon Brown, and Jean Murray.

Later, the same day, I put what I have so far in this journal into my new computer (emachines). It is a total of 17 pages and covers many years.  I will print it out.  Read it and go from there.  I will also write a paragraph on each character to get reacquainted with them. 

I’m feeling very good about the progress I’m making.

June 5, 2000

Still feeling good about continued input of information into computer, organizing chapters with about a paragraph each of what still needs to be written.  (Now I have a road map!  Yippee!

June 12, 2000

Some of my best writing is done while traveling.  While driving from Reno to Fortuna, California (my home) I decided to have Lily rescue her children in the fire scene rather than someone else—making Lily an actor rather than a reactor.  She will still feel a tremendous amount of guilt when Willy parishes.

I put character descriptions into computer today.

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