I’m leaving on a [train]
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go
Yesterday, for personal reasons that I don’t want to go into right now (and maybe or maybe not go into sometime in the future), I had to leave for good. And as the song lyrics say, I really don’t know when I’ll be back again and I really didn’t want to go. It’s been my home for the past year even if can go anywhere because I’m at my most most mobile right now.
I didn’t travel far yesterday. Just to the next state over to visit some family members with my parents.
The reason I haven’t been on as much this past week is because my parents were with me helping me pack up my stuff and being their tour guide for Philadelphia for some of the time.
As for the song, I listened to this three times during the hour-and-a-half train ride. My eyes welled up and I almost started crying the first time I heard it on my iPod during the train ride. I’m leaving tomorrow for another state (still back east but not on the east coast; it would be considered as part of the Northwest Territories in 1787 (I had to say that, partly because of the history reference and partly because I don’t want to say exactly where I’m going)).
I’m planning on listening to John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane” as close as possible to takeoff and I’m possibly going to cry because … oh gosh … I’m leaving the east coast tomorrow! Oh gosh …
And as of … Sunday … as of . . Sunday (!) … I’m leaving back east! Possibly forever (though that does sound too dramatic for me) though I’m hoping to get back as soon as I can. That’s so soon! Like tomorrow (!), I’m planning on listening to the same song right before (or after) takeoff on that day. And I won’t be surprised if I start crying then.
Truthfully, I know I’m only moving back 3,000 miles, back to the L.A. area where I grew up, and if I have anything to do with it, for as short of a time as possible (though I’m absolutely willing to come back for visits), and I’ll absolutely already know people (many people, now that I think about it - old high school classmates and schoolmates), I’ve realized that this has all seemed like a bad dream to me. And I’m the kind of person who doesn’t realize something is happening until I see it happening. What I mean is, is that for example, when my best childhood friend (a different family from the ones I’ve mentioned before) told me she was moving years ago, I didn’t realize it/it didn’t hit me until I saw the “For Sale” sign on their lawn.
I know that this is just a stepping stone but there’s a part of me - most of me, the illogical/emotional side of me - doesn’t see it that way right now.
Hold me tight and never let me go.
Please. I just need hugs.
Philadelphia/East Coast, I will come back. See if I don’t.
Yes—just keep moving forward and don’t look back. The most important thing is to get each word down on the page. Don’t worry about what you’ve already written. Make sure your story has a goal and keep moving toward it. Set small goals for yourself each day, whether it’s writing a hundred words, or two pages, or writing for a half hour. Writing is like any other habit—you have to stick with it and do it every day. The more you do that, the easier it will be to keep moving forward. :)
It helps if you know where your story is going. Make sure your story has a purpose. Otherwise it’s like trying to drive a truck through the desert at night without a road or a compass. You need to have some idea of where you’re headed in order to know all the mile markers along the way. Once you know where your story is going, you can figure out what those mile markers will be, and then you can figure out what you need to do to hit them. The “what you need to do to hit them” will make up your scenes. :)
Anonymous asked: how do i find a good balance between action and detail? i’ve recently started writing, and it feels like i focus too much on details and not enough on things actually happening.
Well, action should include details. Do you mean that you spend too much time…