I have been away from my desk this week. Not the editorial desk but the other desk, the one I prefer, where I spend all my time thinking about plot lines and possibilities and if it really makes sense for a seer to respond this way to a guy who’s named after a color.
This desk—the one with the weathermakers and the strange creatures and the wild aspects of another world—I had to avoid for a little while because I was trying to finish someone else’s book.
And his book, for whatever reason, didn’t have any monsters in it.
See? It’s Like This…
I spend a lot of time working on other people’s books and writing projects, and I really do enjoy it, even though none of my clients at this point pay me to venture into other worlds. Instead, they want me to be creative and brilliant as I work for them in this world.
When you write for other people, sometimes you have more material than you need for that particular article, so you have to stick the extra material in a place where you can find it again later. This means you occasionally wind up with an article draft titled “Next week sex article” because you didn’t want to lose it in the shuffle.
As a side note, guess what I’ll be working on in a few minutes? I’ll try to remember to change the title before I send it to the author.
How This Applies to You
Over the years, I have learned many things while sitting at my editorial desk, but it is possible that I learn just as much at my fantasy desk. At this desk where I dream up monsters and unexpected conflicts and wild victories and brushes with death, I get to look into a spiritual world that is real and perfect, and it is amazing that writing fiction is something God wants to do with me. He wants to write with you as well.
I am glad to be back at this desk. It helps me feel more at home.