Now that the house is quiet and I can think without distractions, I have decided that today (well it's actually tomorrow by now) I will forgoe some sleep in order to catch up on the work that I had meant to do the past few days. I actually like sitting up late at night, typing away frantically at the keyboard. The only sound in the house is mine, and I can think with new clarity. After catching my second wind I pulled out my proposal and studied exactly what it was that I have been putting off. The chapter summaries...ugh!
This was the one part that has been giving me problems all along. For some reason I couldn't figure out how to write it. Should it be done in first person or third? A formal summary of the chapter or written in dialogue? I poured over reference books and internet sites hoping to find some examples that could help me. And then, in the still of the night....it clicked. Once I found my voice, the rhythm fell right into place and I was easily able to pull off something that I had struggled with for so long.
So tonight (opps, sorry, this morning) I have learned a valuable lesson. Just like the Little Engine That Could, I did not give up. I perservered until I was able to accomplish what I wanted. And in the end, I was very proud that I didn't take the easy way out. My proposal is now shaping up to be perfectly fine tuned, and a sense of self satifisfaction will remain with me forever. I am thankful for these quiet nights when I moonlight as a writer.