The Importance of Going Back to the Beginning

One of the bits of personal philosophy which has stuck with me is the importance of remembering where I was as opposed to where I am now. This applies to all facets of life, I suppose, but today my writing life is foremost in my mine.

In March of 2007, my son asked me the now-familiar question when I mentioned I wished I had written a novel: “If not now, when?” Of course he was right and as my husband and I drove to Hilton Head Island (two days), I thought about his words. By the time we reached our destination I had decided. The very next day we hit the book store as we love to do and I bought a book called “How to Write a Novel”.

Last June The Loyalist’s Wife, the first in the Loyalist Trilogy, was published. For three weeks now, we’ve been back in Hilton Head avoiding the nasty winter storms back home and I’ve been working very hard on the second book, The Loyalist’s Luck. I took time out, however, to visit the store where it all started seven years ago—Barnes and Noble in lovely Hilton Head.

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What a thrill to walk inside, drink in the atmosphere, and get my picture taken with my first novel and one of the clerks at the store. (I’m the short one!)

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Of course I looked on the shelves for the book which had got me started those seven years before but I couldn’t find it, even though lots of other how-to volumes filled the space for books about writing. I was thrilled to use the Barnes and Noble computer to look up The Loyalist’s Wife. There it was! I had seen it from my computer at home and I knew it was all over the web, but still, to see it here, where my journey began, was pretty wonderful.

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A big thank you to Barnes and Noble for helping me out with this, both by being a book store still focusing on books and by listing my novel. By the way, I’ve written over 30,000 words in the three weeks we’ve been here so all around this is a pretty awesome visit to a favorite haunt of ours.

Next year when I come I’ll have the second book  in print and the third one in process. Writing can be a joyous pastime, that’s for sure.

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11 thoughts on “The Importance of Going Back to the Beginning

  1. Hilton Head Island is a great place to write. There is so much history. It is our favourite “southern” vacation.
    Have you been to the plantation ruins there? If not, you’ve got to go. Wow.

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  2. Timely post for me, Elaine, as I am currently in a workshop led by Kelley Armstrong, ‘Opening Scenes’, revisiting the prologue of a novel past. Glad your muse made it thru customs, and you’re stampeding through The Loyalist’s Luck. Keep ’em coming.

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  3. It’s great when our kids give us that push, isn’t it? My daughter did something similar when I wanted to leave teaching to pursue a writing career. Her push catapulted me into turning my avocation into my vocation.

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