So, here it is early January in Cincinnati. Now, keep in mind that I am NOT a Winter person. Looking out the window across from my desk as I type this, I see bare trees, gray skies and a dreary landscape. And, it's cold out there. But, like reading, writing offers me a way to escape. When I close the drapes and immerse myself in my current WIP (work in progress), Mistaken Identity, everything changes.
Suddenly, it's a hot, sunny July day on the beach at Fripp Island, South Carolina and all of my senses are evoked. I can almost hear the waves crashing to shore, see the seagulls soaring through the bright, blue sky and feel the warm sun on my face. I've been transported to another place. All of my day to day problems, including the weather, are gone. I've escaped!
The Temptations pretty much summed it up. "I've got sunshine on a cloudy day. When it's cold outside, I've got the month of May."
Of course, there are lots of other reasons why I love being a writer and I'll talk about them in future posts. If you're reading this and you're a writer, what do you like most about being a writer?