Friday, April 22, 2011
Life & How it Impacts Your Writing
Last month, my husband and I were blindsided by the sudden illness and death of our dear little girl, Sadie.
Sadie was our youngest cat, and those of you that have been reading my blog for awhile might remember my talking about bringing her home just about a year ago. It was difficult to focus on my writing while tending to our little girl who seemed to be getting sicker by the moment. It was not easy to put her to sleep, but I found that once I was on the other side of the loss, it impacted my writing.
My current WiP is about a girl who is recovering from the loss of her father. Does the loss of a cat compare to the loss of a parent? Of course not. But it was a loss nonetheless, and and it was sudden, just like the loss my protagonist suffers in my novel. The emotion I felt helped propel my writing to a deeper place that I'm not sure I would have been able to reach without her passing.
Has a life event impacted your writing-for better or worse?