My editor brain is so mean, too! I can't begin to tell you how many stories I've talked myself out of writing, how many ideas have been crushed before they were able to reach the dewy stage of "could be". It's always the same process. I have an idea, I get really excited about said idea, and then I realize how much work it will take, how many mistakes I've already made in the first draft, how long it really takes to break into the professional writer's world and...the story dies on the cutting room floor with a whispery sigh.
That's why I'm so incredibly grateful to be working with Lynda on this project. Not only does she give me valuable guidance and advice, she has given me what I've never been able to give myself. Permission.
Permission to just write, to put a muzzle on my head to keep it from screaming, "can't!" and "won't!" and, "cheeto break!" and write. Not just to write about any old thing, either, but she's given me the chance to help craft a tale about Atlantis!
I read somewhere once that if you can't find the story you really want to read, write it. Atlantis is like that. I've been in love with the underwater mystery for as long as I can remember, and this series is already so much bigger than I could have imagined, so much...more.
Of course, my stories have always been like that. I just lack the ability to think small. If I'm going to write a book, it's going to be EPIC and HEARTBREAKING and there's going to be a JOURNEY and MYSTERIES FROM AN ANCIENT WORLD THAT THREATEN THE ENTIRE PLANET. You get the idea.
And let me tell you, for a person who needs that kind of grand scale, majestic adventure, this series definitely delivers.
I can't wait to finish and reveal the magical world we've created! Lynda is a great motivator and with her help, this project won't take too long...that is, if I can keep myself from taking too many cheeto breaks!