learning from myself

meeting with the mentor
meeting with the mentor

So I’m struggling through the story synopsis on the next book, know up until now as “Lakeshore #7.” I have a title I love–The Summer Hideaway–and a fascinating cast of characters (including some long-lost Bellamys) but there are some missing elements. I decided to dig deep into the setting to make sure the setting–a summer on the lake, deep in the Catskills Wilderness–had a psychology of place. I went to some of my favorite texts on writing to remind myself a writer’s techniques in this regard. As always, Janet Burroway illuminated something for me in Writing Fiction, and E.M. Forster’s Aspects of the Novel had a nugget or two. Then I checked the Writing the Breakout Novel workbook by Donald Maass…the index sent me to pp. 178-179. And there was an excerpt–and little writing lesson–from The You I Never Knew, a novel by my favorite writer. Me!
I need to learn to trust myself more. In writing, as in life, you know more than you think you know.

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  1. Susan

    Love the title – A Summer Hideaway. I makes me think of joyful summer days, warm nights filled with the sound of water lapping against the shore and being content with life. Now if only the snow forecasts would go away – it is spring, isn’t?

  2. Susan
    Love the title – A Summer Hideaway. I makes me think of joyful summer days, warm nights filled with the sound of water lapping against the shore and being content with life. Now if only the snow forecasts would go away – it is spring, isn’t?

  3. “Trust your intuition. We all should do it more often.”

    I agree, it’s a wonderful title – -“A Summer Hideaway”

    With the warmth of the sun on your face, the cool sand beneath

    your feet, as you walk along the shore, the fresh water with its

    gentle waves ripples into the inlet of the cove. While the captivating

    splendor of the morning sunrises and the evening sunsets take your

    breath away and the peacefulness of your surroundings, engulf you

    as you relax and loose yourself within in the loveable inspiration,

    of those lazy, crazy, fun days we call summer.

    Spring, will be here soon enough.

    Which means summer is not far behind.

  4. “Trust your intuition. We all should do it more often.”
    I agree, it’s a wonderful title – -“A Summer Hideaway”
    With the warmth of the sun on your face, the cool sand beneath
    your feet, as you walk along the shore, the fresh water with its
    gentle waves ripples into the inlet of the cove. While the captivating
    splendor of the morning sunrises and the evening sunsets take your
    breath away and the peacefulness of your surroundings, engulf you
    as you relax and loose yourself within in the loveable inspiration,
    of those lazy, crazy, fun days we call summer.
    Spring, will be here soon enough.
    Which means summer is not far behind.

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