So, you’ll notice that I missed last week’s issue of writing prompts and for that, I apologize. The truth is that I started writing a story and created a character that’s beginning to take over my soul. Her name is Cherish Montgomery. She’s a 50-something single woman who’s spent the past 20 years researching a family she’d just found out she was a part of. Oh, and she’s being haunted by her dead, crazy aunt. It’s a hoot.
I had no intention of doing NaNoWriMo this year. I’ve done it in years past and there’s just something about trying to reach that final word count that just messes my insides up.
I had this weird idea come into my head around Halloween and I created Cherish Harper Montgomery. As of this posting, I’ve written over 15,000 words in her story. I’ve created a family tree for her and her ancestors, going back to just before the turn of the 19th century. And as the story goes on, she finds out more and more about her family’s history, as do I.
Here’s the thing. Sometimes the pieces of the story that I’m writing don’t feel like mine. It’s as though something else is using me to write this story. It’s weird. Maybe it’s just that I’m old or maybe I’m the crazy lady I’ve been writing about. Whatever, it’s been rather therapeutic.
As I’ve been creating Cherish’s world, I’ve immersed myself in it along with her. As I write the scenes, I can feel them as much as I can see them. It’s been a long time since I felt this passionate about a character. But there is one other character who’s trying to find her voice in the world again, and that’s my dear friend, Lillith. (If you read anything I’ve ever written, you’ll quickly realize that I have a strange fascination with the name Lillith).
Lillith is a character I created about a year ago. She was a bartender in a place called The Never End–the place where souls travel after death. I had a blast creating her and some of the worlds around her, so I’ve decided to give her a space to call her own. I invite you all to check out The Multi-Verse. The place you go when you leave the physical realm and enter the next. Lillith is not only the owner of the CrossOver Tavern, she’s your guide through the sights and sounds of places you’ve only dreamed about. And sometimes the trials and tribulations she’s gone through to get to where she is now.
I’m having a ball creating these characters, their backstories, and their current lives. I finally feel as though I’ve hit that place again. That place that I thought was dying. The part of me that wants to be a writer.