Monday, April 13, 2009

Where Do They Come From?

I know, I have been among the missing lately. Can't say as I have a good excuse except that I keep waiting on spring to heat up enough for tank tops and shorts. I love the moderate heat of late spring, the gilded days when you can sit on the porch well into the evening and watch your flowers grow. As yet, it has been too cold and much too rainy to do that yet.

The only thing left to do is to stay inside and write. So, with the weather too old to sit outside and read, I have started not one, but two books. Now, I am superstitious enough not to want to tell you anything about these books other than how I came to start them.

The first came as a result of another book I wrote years ago. It is supposed to be a sequel - or maybe not. I haven't decided if I have enough momentum to do another series. The Chesapeake series about wore me out since I wrote four books in something less than two years. These volumes are about a single farm (and family) on the Eastern Shore of Maryland during the period from colonization until after the Civil War. I suppose I could have gone, but like the old saying goes: the flesh was weak.

The second book idea came from a dream. I woke up and I had a name and a few pages of story in my mind. It took me three different times to get the computer to save the darned thing, there was so much energy attached to the whole thing. It happens.

I have written books after visiting a place, picking up a rock, and hearing a particular comment from another individual. I don't know where books come from - only that they are give to me to transcribe from somewhere out there. Yah, yah! I know. You think I am crazier than a loon.

Perhaps. But I don't think I am the only writer to experience this sort of manna. One has to be open to the process and magic happens. AND, if you don't act on the impulse, the idea will fade away like the manna in the Bible.

I don't know how you write, but this is how it works for me. All I know today is that at this point in time, I have not one but two stories tugging on my shirttail.

So. Keep on the sunny side. I got work to do. Best, Terry

Terry L White -Author of the Chesapeake Heritage Series
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