But most of the time the mind is simply blank, a vast void. And then suddenly, inspiration strikes and I begin to write again. It is as if the blankness provides a space for the development of the story to mature.
When the writing flows, I forget time and place, I am there, in the story, being each and every character as they appear. Often I forget to eat and drink, a cup of coffee goes cold and preparations for lunch or dinner are forgotten as my fingers fly across the keyboard. It's a wonderful and happy feeling!
I recently saw this brilliant quote from Mary Gaitskill, the American novelist:
“Writing is.... being able to take something whole and fiercely alive that exists inside you in some unknowable combination of thought, feeling, physicality, and spirit, and to then store it like a genie in tense, tiny black symbols on a calm white page. If the wrong reader comes across the words, they will remain just words. But for the right readers, your vision blooms off the page and is absorbed into their minds like smoke, where it will re-form, whole and alive, fully adapted to its new environment.”
From those of my readers who have contacted me after reading my books, I know my stories blooms off the page. If you are not yet one of my readers, you can sample my writing here and buy my books here.