This morning, on our way home to Austria, we made our usual stop at our friend’s beautiful family owned wine farm in Friuli. We chatted away and my husband was showing our friend some pictures from our holiday in Tuscany on his phone. By accident he showed some photographs of some of my paintings, which our friend got interested in. He said when I have more of them, I could exhibit in their gorgeous cantina. Wow!!! This was so unexpected! The thought that I could have my paintings shown in his beautiful iconic wine farm in Italy, would never had entered my mind in a million years.
This is too good to be true! Surely, I asked him if he was serious. He said yes, of course! They are hosting exhibitions there and also weddings, so I would need to wait for the wedding season to be over. This is great, as I need time to create the paintings. It is wonderful that there is no hard deadline, so I can take my time and get creative.
During our stay in Tuscany, I thought that I am spending a lot of time on my writing and that I should do something about my painting. I feel so humbled about this unexpected window of opportunity that had just opened for me. You really don’t know what is just behind the corner. Something amazing can happen any time, far better than what you were expecting 🙂
A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.– Ghandi
We have stopped overnight in Friuli, one of our favourite wine regions in Italy. Whilst my husband drove and I was dozing off, I started to think about my novella’s epilogue and how I struggled to edit it yesterday. I wrote it some time back and it no longer fitted the story that organically evolved and had to be completely rewritten. Then, out of nowhere it dawned on me that my novella would be better off without an epilogue.
As soon as we reached the vineyard B&B, I added a paragraph to my last chapter and hey presto, it worked! I am very happy about it. Once again, I realised that there is no point pressing on with things that don’t work and that when I am relaxed, more creative juices are present.
We are now off to taste some wine and meet our Italian friends, my Tuscan plan to write accomplished, albeit completed in Friuli 🙂
… Yesterday I spent around four hours sitting in the olive grove outside our Tuscan holiday apartment working on my novella, from time to time disturbed by a friendly fluffy puppy 🙂
It was great to have the time to read all the chapters in one go and correct some small discrepancies in the story. I was so engrossed in my novella, that I didn’t realise that I was burning my knees… yes, it takes some skill to do this 😉
My plan was to edit the epilogue today according to the notes I made yesterday… However, we decided to go to visit nearby Pistoia and the editing plan went out the window. Pistoia completely surpassed our expectations. It was a market day, full of colours and energising buzz, set in a gorgeous medieval setting. We didn’t even mind the rain.
Polishing of the epilogue will have to wait a bit, enjoying our last day in lovely Tuscany was worth it♥
We reached Tuscany on Sunday and before I got to writing my novella ‘properly’ today (Thursday) I felt the need to do this first:
Write a poem – my first ever poem! It started to urgently write itself as we were crossing the Italian Alps, the views were breathtaking…
Write a blog about the poem – I wanted to share the poem, so I polished it and polished it again, read about how to write poems, opted for the ‘free verse’ as I didn’t like the rules and uploaded it in my blog…
Chill in the garden – finally some sunshine after a cold spell in Austria, I couldn’t get enough and I burned my forehead a little bit…
Do yoga – at last I had time to stretch a bit and relieve the tension in my body…
Cycle – cycled a couple of times with hubby, it is so hilly here, but it is good exercise…
Eat out – it is great to stumble upon places to eat, you can’t go wrong anywhere in Italy, but you may eat far too many pizzas in one day …
Visit Florence – we had to go this time and it was worth it. I loved the architecture, it is so majestic…
So, today I found some time to write and I am pleased that I finished my last chapter of my novella. Yippee! Tomorrow I plan to finish off the epilogue and start to read it as a whole, to ensure that it flows nicely. This is very exciting!
I am finishing the last few chapters of my first novella, which is both exciting and scary at the same time as I will like to work out how to get it published.
This time next week my husband and I will land in Italy. We will be staying near Florence in Tuscany for a week, in a farmhouse apartment in olive groves. Hurray! I am planning to fit some work on my novella in our holiday plans of sightseeing, wine, food tasting and cycling.
I wonder how it would be to write when I am not tired from work? Would I have better ideas on how to finish my story? Will I get inspiration for my next book?
I can’t wait to be there! I plan to share how I am getting on with my writing in my blog. I may also attach some photos.
“I do not over-intellectualise the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.” — Tom Clancy
In recent months I had been more focused on writing of my first novella than ever before and thankfully the focus remains. I was trying to work out what had helped me so I could share some tips with you.
Here they are:
Have a friendly audience
I started to email my revised chapters to my friends to hear their views on them. Their positive praise, concerns about the characters and impatient requests for next chapters really helps me to stay focused and work on delivering the chapters as soon as possible.
Let the characters loose
I gave my characters the freedom to develop in their own ways. To my surprise my initially supporting character actually became the heroine. When I stopped pushing the characters in my pre-defined boxes, they became more rounded and writing became more fun for me.
Talk about it
I started to share that I am writing a book with others. I told my boss, my colleagues at work and I am telling you through this blog. This drives my writing as I will eventually need to show the goods!
First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him! – Ray Bradbury