I started writing on my new novel a few times before my trip to Martha’s Vineyard. The title will be, “The Speed of Meant To Be” or “You and I Are Meant To Be” or “She Can’t Find Love” or something else…. But it’s subtitled (A Martha’s Vineyard Love Story). Anyway… I couldn’t nail even a hundred words without much strain until day two of my vacation last week.
I don’t know what happened but last Wednesday, I went into this large comfortable and vacant room that faced the Edgartown Harbor with Chappaquiddick in the distance to write. The first day, I laid down 3k words and could’ve continued if I wanted. The next day, 2k+ words, and again, I had to stop myself.
It was the most exhilarating feeling ever! I wondered what’s happening?????? Why is
this so easy.
I attributed to the fact that Martha’s Vineyard is so beautiful and quiet. I’m going to post some pictures below. So I took it all in and tried to get as much writing done as possible. By the time I left, I had nearly 10k words written. And I dreaded returning and struggling with writing again, although I was so ready to leave the east coast and return to the west coast. Although, the east coast is stunning but COLD. I don’t do well in the cold.
Anyway. Long story short. I returned home and everything as changed! And for the BEST.
1. I go to bed at 11:00PM and wake up at 8:00AM.
2. I check email, take care of business, eat breakfast and then get down to the business of writing.
3. I’ve had 2,500 words written daily since I returned before 5PM!
It’s 4:22PM and I’ve already written my 2.5K words!
Basically, the magic hasn’t left me. But now I think I know why the old me is back.
It’s because Vanquished was the FULL Marathon. It was Mount Everest! 14 characters, all major! That book tested me as a writer. It was the Ph.D. So now I’m climbing a much smaller mountain. Also… I became familiar with my setting. There’s not one modern home on the island! Did you know that? If there is one, I didn’t see it. The forests have been practically destroyed by a caterpillar that fed on the trees in 2007. Did you know that? OMG. I’ve never seen anything like it. And these dry forests act as barricades, hiding multi-million dollar homes behind them. You can’t even see much of the ocean from many of the roads because people have built their houses on the coastline and then hid them behind the trees. However… well, just see for yourself!
The good thing is, I know how to write this story! On top of being rested and back to a regular time schedule. I will see that I understand the allure of the east coast. It’s full of ENERGY that doesn’t exist on the west coast. The people have accepted their humanity. Does that make sense? They look more real. They feel more real. They are who they are. And I LOVE THAT! I can’t wait to spend a week in Manhattan for the next book in this series. And a week in Chicago (mid-west though). And D.C! Phoenix. Maryland. And then I want to look for a smaller town back east. Somewhere in New Hampshire or Vermont or Maine or somewhere!