My writing experiences have been so varied and my writing style has changed since I first started writing my Lizzy books. I have written and re-written Lizzy since she first came to life back in 2001. As a novelist I guess I was afraid to give my baby wings. Now it is her time to move out into the world and hopefully empower some young girl to live a more authentic life and be true to herself and live strong in the notion of what it means to be a girl.
I’ve thought about Lizzy quite a bit these last few days. I am taking a writing course. I wanted to bring out my descriptive writer side more. I love to write poetry and want to be able to bring that into my writing and strike a balance to bring more imagery to my prose, but like I said it seems to be a balancing act, to writer prose that will flow and not disgruntle the reader, especially if I want Lizzy to make it out there in the big wide world. I want those young girls to be empowered not put my novel down .
Anyway back to the reason why I’ve been thinking so much about Lizzy. My inspiration for the opening of my first novel in the series came when I was walking back to my car after a long day of walking around the boardwalk of the town where I live. My friend and I did an all day shop and then it was time to drive home. I was parked by the Gardens and as I walked by it struck me that this place could be such a magical place at night. What wonders could go on here? I took a shapshot in my mind’s eye, dropped my friend off, then when straight home and began to write. It was a wonderful experience and the Gardens have been an inspiration for me ever since. So, after this experience I would advise anyone wanting to write more to try and find a magical place, a third place for them to live in and get comfortable when they write. You don’t have to go to this place to get your inspiration. I live too far away from the Gardens to visit on a regular basis, but I keep them close, in my mind’s eye to sit with the image whenever possible and then I just write!
PS - This is a free write so please forgive me if I have a type-o here and there.