Thursday Thoughts: Universal Lost and Found

Regular readers have heard me explain my writing process before. I’m a puzzler. I often use prompts, get wild hairs, get hit by a lightning bolt of inspiration, and other craziness. I haven’t written a book in linear fashion, ie. from start to finish, in a long while. This is why I love Scrivener. I write in bits and pieces, unrelated scenes, and sometimes the end before the beginning. There was one book where I wrote the middle then worked both backwards and forward to tell the story. Crazypants. I know. That’s why this little ditty from the Universe made sense to me. At least in relation to my writing. Probably in my life as well.

When I start a book, I’m always lost. I have characters I know nothing about. I have a beginning or an end and no idea how to find my way from here to there. I have a small idea I must turn into many thousands of words. Since I write romance, I have to make two people fall in love, which is always fun if they happen to hate each other to begin with. I love adventures and my characters are far more demonstrative with the expletives than might be normal. What can I say? Anyway, here’s what the big U had to say this week:

I know you already know this, but Silver, the only way one can find their way is to first be lost. To make it big, start out small. To fall in love, first feel none. Yet, when these adventures begin and the dreamers suddenly find themselves lost, small, and alone, you should hear the “expletives”!

So, look at it like this: Any such feelings are simply a sign that you’ve made a really, really big and daring “wish,” and its manifestation has already begun.

Foxy, clever, wry –
The Universe
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Pssst… Silver, are you starting to feel the love?

Have I mentioned that I love my books? That’s why I write them. I love my characters and their stories. I’d like to be brave enough (or is it strong enough?) to say that I don’t care if anyone reads them or not. That’s not quite true. I do care. I want people to love them too. And if they do, I hope they share that love by telling their friends and family and strangers. Because whenever I’m feeling lost, small, and alone and I discover a good review or I get an email from someone telling me they enjoyed reading my books, I do feel the love. And I smile. A lot. And I want to write more books. It’s a “vicious” circle. Do me a favor, go get lost in a book today! Pssst. It doesn’t even have to be one of mine. 😉

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About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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2 Responses to Thursday Thoughts: Universal Lost and Found

  1. Have I mentioned that I love your books, too? Of course you care whether people read your books – if you didn’t, what the hell would you be doing this for? Writing books for your own amusement would certainly be less crazymaking.. At least that’s what I tell myself.

    I also love my books, and that’s why I do this – in addition to wanting people to read them, that is. So, to that end, I will get lost in a book today. But it’ll be mine and I’ll be lost in the editing phase.

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