I'm ready to share my Pinterest Board for Book Three! I'm a very visual writer. I sit here, staring into space, watching my scenes play out until I'm ready to write them or clean them up. It's really fun for me to go through Pinterest and search for images that make me shout: YAY! See? I'm not crazy! That's totally it!
Plus it will give you a little peek into what's coming for Nani, Tai, and their friends.
So. At the start of the summer I came to the realization that I only have so much creative juice to work with in a single day. ...
I had just finished the latest draft of the third Milana Legend, and I was exhausted. So I actually did the thing I'm always encouraging young writers to do: I printed out the whole thing and stuffed it in the snack cabinet (cause I'm weird like that). Then I flipped the calendar to September 1 and scribbled, Go back to Milana.
Then I took a vacation.
I sketched and painted and played in the sand to my heart's content, and chose not to feel guilty about it. I worked on something entirely different (Faith & Fairies), much to the delight of my daughters who are too young to read Milana yet. I have scratched out notes about some family Bible studies that I want to create someday. I have been playing with making Milana Legends swag (which is fun stuff, like shirts and mugs from the Sandy Turtle Tavern).
So there. I confess I haven't worked on that next draft at all. But before, the part of my brain that edits was running on empty. Now it's bubbling over again, and I find myself eager for September.
And I just want to encourage you, dear reader: if you have some creative thing that you love, but you find yourself needing a recharge, take heart! Find the oddest cabinet, shove it in, and give yourself permission to take a rest. You'll be glad you did.
After all, even God took a break from His creating, right?
How do you say that, anyway? Here's the cheat sheet for books 1 & 2. Leave a comment if I missed one!
*the letter "i" is usually pronounced ee.
*"ai" sounds like Eye.
*"aa" sounds like uh.
*Kai and Tai sound like bow-tie.