September 7, 2012 by Tiffany A. Robbins
For details on the contest visit: http://www.3daynovel.com/
From the moment my sister. J.C. Towim, sent me a link to the hotel she’d booked for us for 3-Day Novel, I dreamed of writing while lounging in the pool. That is what I am doing right now as I write.
I just spent three solid days writing a novella from beginning to end. I finished it about an hour ago. I set down my pen, paper, and research notes put on my sister’s bathing suit; and han an overwhelming urge to blog.
So, here it is. I haven’t blogged or really written much of anything since March of this year. I’ve had stories. I’ve had ideas, but I hadn’t yet put pen to paper for anything other than brainstorming sessions. (Yes, I still write with pen and paper)
I think it is amazing that when I do something creative, it creates more than an object or artwork. It creates a need to create.
Likewise, when something causes a lapse in creativity, the hole only gets bigger. I had made an emotionally traumatizing choice back in March and I almost immediately knew that I couldn’t write. I could barely face the consequences of my choice when I made it, so I knew I would be unable to face the emotional consequences as well. I’m sure a lot of writers feel similarly in that it is difficult to write without exposing part of their own soul.
I needed a shield for my soul, so I closed my notebook and I set down my pen, but I also created a commitment to opening that notebook back up and lifting my pen again when I signed up for my second go at the annual 3-Day Novel contest over Labor day weekend.
I stuck to that commitment and now I’m enjoying the rewards after three days of sleepless nights and hotel lounge food. I have one more “novel” under my belt and now I’m once again writing for the sheet enjoyment of doing so. The bonus: I’m sitting in a pool white doing so!
I guess that means that one of these days I need to explain my relationship to water with you, but for now, I’m going to knock off a few of my other writing to-dos and work on my sunburn.