Morning Walks, Redbuds and Difficult Characters

This morning was gorgeous. I ran errands early, then came home, slipped on my earphones and went for a walk. Not the leisurely kind, no, but the heart pumping, feet moving, half-sprint kind.

I enjoyed crisp air, cooling breezes and the bright, warm sun which was sharing enough Vitamin D to have me grinning like a fool. Loud music pounded in my ears and I walked my usual route twice, then took a new one. There is nothing like good exercise to get your creative mind going.  

Of course it helped that spring in Oklahoma is stunning with  redbuds blooming.

Somewhere along the way, I lost track of my Rae in Unnatural Selection. I wrote the entire book and didn’t like it. How crazy is that? Not that much really. There are a few early books I will never share. Never.

But instead of digging in and finding her again, I set Rae aside and wrote other projects. I finished them, so I am being productive, but I REALLY want US to be good. I want it harsh and gritty yet filled with the kind of human commitment that makes the heart soar.

Strangely enough, during walks like this morning’s, I catch glimpses of what she wants from me. What this story could be. Tearing an entire manuscript down and reworking it is such a daunting prospect, I keep working a little then putting it off. But I’ve done this before. Dweller’s original form was… well, it was bad. It went through three transformations.

But…that book got me an agent in the end.

Sometimes, it takes the hardest kind of work to get the best story possible. 😉


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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