I dream of a time (in a week, really) when I can return to writing. My Personal Training course will be over by Saturday night, and after a couple days of rest and an opportunity to get my life back together (I’m looking at you, my beloved, but neglected apartment), I will return to Closer. The last few weeks have been… stressful, and my mind has not really had an opportunity to turn off. That includes turn off from writing.
While I have not had the opportunity to sit down and write, the ideas have been coming in. Ideas for Closer. Ideas for what will likely be Certain Truths for this year’s National Novel Writing Month. As another idea came to me over the weekend, I thought about how I have come to finding material for previous projects.
Really, it boils down to being influenced by my life. I am not saying that every single thing that happens to me in life ends up in a novel. It does not, but sometimes to influences how I think about something. For instance, in Closer, Jonothon finds himself attracted to Daniel, the wrong kind of guy for him. Wrong in many ways, including a nasty cocaine habit. I dated a guy like Daniel once, when I was in high school, and that person influenced the creation of Daniel (minus the coke habit, that was never an actual thing).
I once wrote a novel about how I was afraid and unwilling to tell someone that I loved them. Writing The Hardest Words that year, really helped me sort out my emotional baggage.
I also think about where I am at in life. My 20s was about finding myself, and creating that adult identity. That played a major factor in the themes I wrote about in novels from 2006-2012. Now that i am in my thirties, there is a shift, the characters are a little less unsure of themselves, a little more stable, and ready a little more prepared for what life has to throw at them. So I throw different stuff at them.
It has been fun playing in the past while revising Closer, and remembering the influences, I am also equally looking forward to returning to the present in november with a new National Novel Writing Month submission.