This picture that I took while at a writer's retreat in Big Sur inspired me last week for a new chapter that I'm putting into the novel I'm working on. The idea for the chapter struck me while I was on a walk~ironically in a place where there are no trees for miles. It's one of those chapters that is integral to one of my character's development, a chapter that the novel could not do without, and it wasn't in the first draft, or the second, or third, heck all the way to the sixth draft.
Such late revelations by our muses are why I think it's so important to give your novel time to develop. Though there is plenty of desire, there is no need to rush the process and be in a hurry to get it out there. I'm glad this one has had time to simmer and grow stronger. It's starting to feel like it will be outstanding when I'm done (fingers crossed).
On a side note, today is the launch of my Tour Of Secrets to celebrate the upcoming debut of my YA urban fantasy, The Secret of Spruce Knoll (which should be available everywhere August 15th). To visit the first stop along the tour (and rack up your first point/entry for the giveaway) click here. Over the weekend I made a few other fun stops as well. On Dark Faerie Tales yesterday I participated in Fantastic Fables. Be sure to check it out to get a special sneak peak at a short story based on the love interest of my main character from The Secret of Spruce Knoll, and to enter to win a copy of the novel (this is a separate giveaway from my tour)! Then check out my good friend and fabulous author Judith Graves' site where she did an exclusive first interview with me.