I wasn’t going to write today – but sometimes, when you have the perfect day you just have to share it. And I mean, it wasn’t perfect. I couldn’t sleep again last night so I didn’t get to bed until four am. Then I woke up at 11:00 and finally crawled out of bed. I’ve had also some stiff and sore joints – but other than that. It was the most perfect day.
I had plans to visit my dad but took a look outside and it was snowing again. Traffic is always bad when it snows, so I decided to put it off until to tomorrow. My sister will see him this week, so I’ll go whatever day she doesn’t.
On the weekend, I started a book of short stories about my dreams, nightmares, and tapped into some of the paranormal activity that I experienced in our family home. As I was writing, (8,000 words later), I had a stroke of genius. No, not a stroke. Just a brilliant idea.
Back in 2017, I started writing many short stories only to scrap them into the draft bin. I had a lot of good ideas and foundations for a story – but it was missing something. Since then, I’ve gotten back into re-reading books from my youth in the young adult section. I also started thinking about some of my favorite teen shows over the years. The Vampire Diaries for one – it’s a guilty pleasure. I’m team Stefan all the way there.
So, I revisited a world that I had created back and revived it. The characters have the same names and same personalities. But the more I wrote, the more I put myself into the main character. And while there are some differences, this is fiction after all, I’m using a lot of things that I went through as a teen for inspiration.
In three days, I’ve written nearly 26,000 words! I’ve reworked some scenes. And I deleted a whole bunch of scenes that were just god awful – I think all writers do that. Last night, I went to bed and started thinking about what I could do to improve the scene. And then by morning, I was pumped and ready to start writing.
I spent most of the afternoon writing, stopping to take breaks to stretch or lay down when needed. It was still snowing when I started getting dinner ready – a delicious vegetable soup. I have plenty of leftovers too, but not too much.
While the soup was in the crockpot, I had a hot bath. I had written a scene where my character was having a bath and I was like, you know what? I want a bath. And so, I changed things up, and had a freaking bath.
Then I sat down to eat a hot bowl of soup. I need to go and put the leftovers away now. It hit the spot though.
I’ve been eating very low calorie meals for most of the month with a few cheat days. My clothes and pants are fitting looser. And my stomach is adjusting to the new diet.
So, what made this a perfect day?
I spent the day in quiet. I turned off social media. I ignored the phone. I had on a cozy playlist – and just spend the afternoon writing. Followed by a hot bath for selfcare. A nutritious supper. And now, I’m taking a break before getting started again.
Writing is a passion of mine, but I’ve always doubted myself when it comes to sharing those writings. I’m determined to finish at least one book this winter. If I can get one book done, and people actually read it and like it – then I know, that I’m doing the right thing.
Getting lost in an entire fictional world, that I created, with characters that I made up – and stories that I dreamed of – I can’t explain how this makes me feel.
This has been a dream of mine for most of my life. And I’m finally doing it. I just wish my body could keep up with me. On that note, time to take some pain meds and go stretch out for a bit.