Have you heard yet the story of Delia Owens? I happened across her story on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday and felt new encouragement. She’s 70 and a loner from way back. Her new and first novel is Where the Crawdads Sing, although she has published non-fiction before (like me). This novel is tough to categorize; it’s a love story, a murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and an ode to the outdoors – all in one. It took her the better part of a decade to write, inspiration coming whenever it came.
I love the way she waits for wisdom even in her sleep:
“I sleep at night with a little pad of paper in my bed with a flashlight and a pen, and I wake up in the middle of the night and write something down,” she said. “Something that I think is brilliant! And then when I wake up in the morning I’ll look at it and half the time I can’t read what I wrote.” A thousand such moments became little scraps of gold, like this one:
“Sand keeps secrets much better than mud.” That one made it into her book.
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I have not read the book yet but I am on the waiting list for it. I did see the bit about her on Sunday morning and although she is a first time novelist she has written books before, just not fiction. The shower works for me as well and often the brilliant idea is lost bey the time I towel off!
Funny you should mention that Haralee! I have given quite a bit of thot. to creating a waterproof notebook for my shower!
The shower or the swimming pool during laps. Both places making it difficult to impossible to get those thoughts down before they disappear like they never existed. Sigh.
I have this book on my to-read list. Looking forward to it!
I loved that book and found it inspiring to have someone take ten years to write a novel (I’m closing in on that) and finding success at 70 (starting to close in on that too). Yay!