First Love. Infatuation. Whatever you want to call it, that's the phase I'm in right now with my new book.
I want to learn everything about my characters and sometimes just listen to them talk. Hear their opinions, laugh at their jokes, cry with their sorrows.
Writing a book is kind of like raising a child. You know when you're asked what's your favorite phase? For me, as a mom and as a writer, I think it's whatever phase I'm in at the time.
I loved it when my girls were babies. But I also loved their toddler years as they started forming their personality and I got a glimpse of the them to come. I even loved their teen years---although I got lucky and didn't have to go through a lot of teen angst with either daughter. And I'm loving them in their twenties--as they discover their adulthood and as our relationship has become as much of a friendship as a mother-daughter ship.
I think writing is like that. I just started a new book and I'm in the first love phase of the book. The phase where I'm researching--what state has an inordinate number of fallout shelters? The phase where the characters are finding their voice and I'm learning about them and what makes them tick.The phase in which all I think about is this book and I keep index cards everywhere to jot down notes or dialogue clips.
And I'm loving this romance. The romance of a writer and her book.
So, tell me--what's your favorite phase of either parenthood or writinghood?