Caribbean Thoughts

by Carol Mitchell

With a little help from my friends

I’m writing, I’m writing, woo hoo!

I’ve been on an unplanned hiatus. Yes, I have been writing this blog and a couple others and working on getting book 3 of the Caribbean Adventure Series off of my desk and on to book shelves. But my ideas for new stories have been sitting on a shelf for longer than I would like to mention.

Now I’m writing again, with the help of some “friends”. I took a writing class as a part of an editing course that I am pursuing. I had to submit a story and I decided, instead of starting something new, to dust off the first chapter of a novel that I had started and adapt it to become a short story. The response from my teacher and my classmates was very useful and encouraging and looking at the story through their eyes, I realised that I also wanted to know what would happen next.

Now, I’m ecstatic; putting out a few hundred words a day. Ideas are pouring out faster than I can write. I’m making notes in the car, in the dark, in the bathroom … okay, too much information. Nothing is sacred anymore. Snippets of conversations, facial expressions, everything that happens around me can influence my writing, make a character a little more real. I feel a sense of freedom and I am once again assured this is what I am supposed to do!

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