On Writing

January 10th

Picacho Peak, Arizona

I want to be a novelist because I have this story rattling around in my brain. I can see the characters. I can taste the food I’m describing. I can smell the smoky air in Mozambique and the pollution in Phoenix — my settings. I have conversations with the characters in my dreams, which completely rocked my boat the first time it happened. I know who I want to play their roles when this tale hits the big screen.
I want to be a novelist because I am my happiest when I am writing. I love sharing stories, which I’m sure is why I also enjoy blogging and traveling. When I go into a bookstore, I always go to the literary section to see where my books would be on the shelf. One day, they will all be lined up right there between Donleavy and Dostoevsky. In the meantime, I push a gap between those who have published before me and visualize my stories in print, the title the spine, a quick and grabbing summary on the back.
I want to be a novelist because I want others to see a new perspective — the world travels of a well-meaning girl who simply wants to leave the earth better than when she arrived. My stories are fundamentally a part of me — I can’t imagine any writer feeling otherwise.
For the first time in a long time, I’m feeling rejuvenated in my writing and am making great progress on the hurculean task of editing novel numero uno. The carrot at the end of the stick, other than my dreams of sitting on the yellow couch, is addressing the characters in story numero dos, who are crying in the corner from neglect.

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19 Responses

  1. Ooh! I love writing and reading and books too! I will buy your book on Amazon as soon as it comes out! šŸ™‚

    I like what you said about how a book is a part of themselves that a writer can leave behind. What are we leaving behind us? That’s a good question.

    I have a book in me, but it is going to take a lot to get it out of me! I am going to have to commit and try this. I would be interested in you sharing how you write, the discipline (or not) of how much time you put in etc…..It’s interesting to know how others go through this process….

  2. Do it! Write the story. I have smaller dreams of writing. You’ll inspire me to follow them!

  3. Yea for feeling rejuvinated! Do it!

  4. You have the dream and the vision, Kelli. It WILL happen!!

  5. I wish you the best and can’t wait to read your stories. I’m a far better reader than writer, I’m not disciplined enought to write, but I have the patience of a saint while reading. Clearly, discipline is a strong suit of yours!

  6. I am so with you on this…it has been my life-long dream (well, since I was about twelve) to be a published writer (hence my degree in English I guess! lol). I have so many things started, but nothing is finished. So many ideas always rolling around in my head…nothing complete.

    I would love to read anything you start writing…

  7. I’m not good at writing, but God, I’m SO very good at reading! So, hurry up to finish your novel, I can’t wait to go and buy the book!

  8. Good luck! I’ll be looking for your name on the shelf at Borders šŸ™‚

  9. I’ll buy one! I’m sure it will be great!!

  10. I’m sure it would be great. You’re an amazing person and I have no doubt that a novel would be excellent. I can’t wait to hear more.

  11. I just love you… it’s a big dream, and it is one that a lot of people share. But unlike most people, I suspect that you really *will* achieve this goal. You have the vision, you have the talent, you have the drive…

    I’d like to be among the first to request an autographed copy, please. (and I’m so going to TiVo you when you’re on Oprah….)


  12. Good luck! I can’t wait to read it!

  13. This is fabulous, Kelli, and I know that your book will be wonderful. I’m right there in line with everyone else to get an autographed copy–I can actually visualize this in my head.

  14. Hurray for feeling rejuevenated and passionate. I’ll buy a first edition.

  15. Amazing post, dear Kelli – and I believe in you! These words could have come from my own heart… I feel most alive when writing, and while I write primarily nonfiction, I can dream about the plots and the story in the same way. You are so very inspiring~

  16. Anabella January 11, 2008

    I can hardly wait… I am sure it will be wonderful!

  17. You go, Kelli! You can DO it!

  18. so so happy for you that you are having good writing times my friend. this post is beautiful… it is clear that you are in your element when you are writing, and that is the best thing! xox

  19. I think you just totally proved why I could never BE a writer … I am not much of a “sharer”, but I am so thankful that there are those like you who ARE! I can’t wait to get my first copy (will you autograph for me?)