Saturday, July 25, 2009

Writing Experience

These last few weeks, I've been having some strange experiences that seem perfect for scenes in my writing. For example, a few weeks ago, I was taking a walk in my neighborhood when a little girl carrying a doll walked toward me and asked, "have you seen my mommy?"

I thought I heard wrong and said, "what did you say, honey?"

"Have you seen my mommy?"

I stood there looking down at this darling little six year old, not knowing what to do. I had never come across a lost child before. I didn't have my cell phone with me. Seconds later, the little girl walked past me. I turned to see her walking toward a young man who had just parked and gotten out of this truck. Luckily, the young man turned out to be her brother and the one she had been speaking too!

However, this experience was eerie for me, because my novel is about an adult male who finds out he was abducted when he was six , and his journey to finding himself. My protagonist also works as a missing children's investigator and is on the hunt for a little girl who has been abducted. Even though I have not gotten this scene on to paper yet, I know how it will be perfect for my novel.

Speaking of my novel, it is progressing well. Since becoming part of a critique group with others who are writing similar type novels, I have felt supported in my writing endeavors. I would encourage all writers to join a critique group.

Well, time to get back to work on my novel. Happy writing all!

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