Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Haunted...

by a story so intense, so poignant, it won't leave you. I have one that has eaten at me for the longest. I tear up just thinking about putting the first sentence on the paper. Why? Because I know how it will end and for that reason I want to cry my eyes out. The emotions which swirl inside just watching the tender yet powerful and passionate scenes coursing through my mind makes me want to sit and start on it, then I stop and wonder if I have the emotional strength to carry it off.

I have made a resolution to start on this story over the Thanksgiving holiday. It's not a full length novel or so it seems at the moment. I even have a name for it: Before the Last Leaf Falls.

Promises are meant to be kept, no matter how many years pass. Love never stops even when death steals the body, the spirit always remembers.


So I fully intend to use the next five days to begin this tale with the hopes I won't be an emotional wreak by the time it's done.

Hope everyone has a fantastic Thanksgiving.

And if any of you have had a story which affects you to such a degree, let me know. I'd love to hear how you handled the writing and still remained stable.

15 comments:

Catherine Bybee said...

Now I want to read whatever it is you're writing, because you introduced it so very well.

Helen Hardt said...

I have to agree with Catherine. I really want to read this one! And yes, that has happened to me. I finished a story once and nearly gave up writing, because I was convinced I could never recreate the profound emotion I had discovered between those two characters. Needless to say, I continued writing, but that story still has a special place in my heart. It's not published yet; I hope I can find the perfect home for it ;).

Helen

Judith Leger said...

I actually have chill bumps from what you two commented. Helen, have you sent it out or is that too hard to do?

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Judith,
Love the title. Your story sounds wonderful, such an emotive introduction, this is the kind of story that must be written.

Skhye said...

Judith, the opening of HE OF THE FIERY SWORD was like this for me. I still get chills or tear up for poor Arthur! Just start writing. That's my advice. If you've got the emotion behind you, it's certain to end up on the page. ;)

Nan J said...

Please write this... I want to read it!:)

I have to say that three sets of hero/heroines plagued my brain for eons before I was brave enough to put them on paper. After typing the first scene (from the middle of one of them somewhere) I cried and cried and cried for the sheer sense of release. I can still feel the echoes of that moment.

It's been hard to connect with later characters as intensely as with those, probably because they don't hang around in my head so long! lol...

Christina Phillips said...

Oh yes Judy you must write this one! I just love that blurb and reading it sent shivers along my spine.

Winona said...

Judy--You just have to write this one. The emotion is going to be haunting, but knowing your writing and your extraordinary style it has to be an award winner.

I haven't had a story hold me with that much emotion, I do feel a definite emotional entanglement with that crazy Oregon Trail story I've been working on. Chances are it won't be published, but it will finally get written. Because if I don't write it, I won't be able to think of anything else.

Missing you,

Nona

Linda LaRoque said...

This sounds like a story you MUST write for yourself as well as for US. We're all hooked now and want to know more. I'll be first in line to buy a copy.

Hugs!
Linda

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Well you've hooked me to that's for sure!

My story The Visionary did this for me....saw what had to happen...argued with God....repented, surrendered...still haunts me and will until the day it's PUBLISHED...not contracted, not in editing, but on the stands and doing some good!

Love Ya, Girl.

Happy Thanksgiving All!
PamT

Writer Lady said...

It's got to be a good story because the writer is emotional about it. Keep it up, you have us wanting to read.

P.L. Parker said...

My first book "Fiona" was really emotional for me. I call it the book of my heart. I was just so involved and so into the research, etc., really got to me. I almost feel as if Fiona is someone I really knew.

Patsy
P. L. Parker

Helen Hardt said...

Judy, I just sent it out last week!

Now I'm petrified.

Helen

Judith Leger said...

Keeping my fingers crossed for you, Helen! I started on it. Got right at 1000 words on it.

Hywela Lyn said...

Judy - I dropped in to thank you for your lovely comment on my blog, and got immersed in this post. I will be looking forward to reading this story of yours when it's published. I know exactly what you mean - I go very involved with my main character when she thoght she'd made a terrible mistake and lost everything.I felt her despair. Isn't it wonderful when a character and the poignancy of their situation affects you so much, I know this will be an incredible stoyr when you've finished it.