Epiphany about Writing

Sometimes I sit back and ask myself, “Why am I writing?  What have I got to say that is worth the time of any other person on the planet?  Where do I belong in the literary scheme of things?”

Here is an epiphany I had today, which also explains why I am having so much trouble with my work in progress, The Bend of the River.  We already know that I write fantasy–this is not a revelation.  But my current book has more of a crime-solving  vibe to it.  This is not something I write well, and I’ve put in a lot of time for a product of which I am not very proud.  Why?  Because it is not much of a fantasy, and fantasy is what I have best to offer.

My three books–Soul Lost, People of the Green Hills, and Nick–all have to do with life righting itself.  Each of these books is about a woman who does not belong in her life, and her journey to find the place where she does belong.  Each of these have a special place that exists just outside of the real world–in it but not of it, if you will.  They are all places where I want to go, that I wish really existed.

Okay, so now that I know this, how do I use it to create a writing career?  I don’t want to think that I have written all I have to write, but where do I go from here?

I do have a short story, “Bruises,” that is also about life righting itself.  I haven’t found a home for it yet, but I’m really proud of it and I know that I will some day.

I have another WIP that I started for NaNoWriMo year before last that has a lot of potential.  Tentatively titled “The Haunting of Henry High,” it is based on another short story that was fun to write.  It also has to do with a wrong being put right, a pair of star-crossed lovers who have to wait until they are ghosts to be together.

I’m sensing a pattern here.

Can this revelation save The Bend of the River, the not-so-great crime novel? I really like the main characters, and it is a sequel to People of the Green Hills, filled with background characters for whom I have a lot of affection. Hmmm…this requires some more deep thought.

Wish me luck.

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