I am struggling at the moment, to find time to sit down and write all of the stories in my head. I have a young baby, a family, and all the associated housework to deal with before I can focus on my writing. Unfortunately the writing has to be a sideline to my role as Mother. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Anyway, just because I can’t physically write up the stories, does not mean they don’t exist. For example, I am currently attempting to write the sequel to my recently published paranormal romance novel Love Hurts. I have actually written a rough draft of about the first five chapters of Love Kills. In my head, I am probably on about chapter twelve, or possibly even further along. It gets a little confusing.
My stories are a good source of escapism while I am stood before the kitchen sink, or cleaning out the turtle tank, or ironing, or hoovering, or any number of other boring household tasks. I even formulate the stories while in the shower, or in bed, out walking, or even when I am out in the car. My characters take on their own lives, and draw me in as a spectator. It is my job to remember what they tell me, and commit it to paper (or computer) as soon as possible.
Sometimes it can be embarrassing, like the time I headbutted a neighbour’s hanging basket because I was engrossed in my personal fictional dialogue. Other times people can be talking to me and I simply don’t hear them. I sort of snap out of a daydream, and have to wake up to the reality around me. I am sure this is not an isolated situation. I must be one of a million writers in a similar position.
Maybe I should invest in a Dictaphone, and dictate my stories while I work. Perhaps then I can at least have something to write up at a later date. I find sometimes that when I actually get to the physical writing stage, my stories fly off on a tangent, totally different from what I had originally imagined. Sometimes this works, sometimes not. I must be away to bed soon as the night is moving on. Who knows which story I will dip into, and where I will travel before sleep takes over…