I read a few really great articles in my latest Writer's Digest magazine. Thank you to my darling husband for renewing my subscription.
Food for thought - I have a tendency to be a chameleon. I can very easily take on attributes of what I am exposed to. Leave me down south long enough, and you'll notice a subtle drawl. Put me in a group of strong personalities, and I'll take on the same boisterous attitude. A group of intellectuals, I'll happily get academic. Pub night? Time to tell stories.
Finding my own identity has taken years of time and patience. This year I feel like I'm really starting to know who I am and what I'm about, and it's starting to show in my writing. (It's probably thanks to my writing that I even started on this journey of self-discovery.)
I have something to say and a story to tell, and I can't use the writing patterns of Stephenie Meyer, Diana Gabaldon or J.R. Ward. (Despite how much I love their books!) Unfortunately, if I just finished reading or listening to any of their work, it starts to come through in my own. Being aware that I do this is the first step in not letting it happen, and I think I'm really starting to get a handle on my writing voice so I can say what it is I want to say. With any luck, once said, someone will want to hear it.
So, it is in that frame of mind that I sign off to go and cook dinner, get the kids ready for school and bed, and hopefully, find some time at my keyboard to get Hannah, Garret and Marc a little further along in their story. If only there was such a thing as a 36 hour day - I might be able to get the laundry and the book done in a reasonable amount of time.