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Seeking Silence

photo-1462331940025-496dfbfc7564[1]Imagine your next poem or story as a small animal burrowed in the ground. It is a shy little thing, and when there is noise and commotion, it stays safely in its burrow. You know it’s there. From time to time it pokes its nose out of its hole, but you are busy getting and spending, making a great clamor, and it digs itself deeper underground. It is only when you allow for silence to settle in, when you breathe deeply and wait patiently that it will emerge. Its nose pops up first, then its head and its whole body—and there is your poem all its poetic animal glory—waiting for you to write it down.

What is that little animal? That poem? And from where does it originate? Does it come from some power greater that we are? Does it come from deep within our subconscious? Yes, and yes again. And how many other little animals are hiding in the ground waiting for us to coax them to the surface? We believe there are countless numbers, and that most of us just begin to scratch the surface of our abilities.

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My #1 Rule of First Drafts

Today we welcome Tosca Lee of Lincoln, Nebraska. Tosca is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, Demon, Havah, and the Books of Mortals trilogy with Ted Dekker. Her new thriller, The Progeny, was released May 24, 2016.  A notorious night-owl, she loves watching TV, playing football with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband. Learn more at www.toscalee.com.

I’m a second or third draft writer. That’s the point in the process when I get to see what kind of clay I’ve really got on the wheel, can crimp the edges and pull out the high points, and make the dire ones worse. When I’ll stay up twenty hours straight and, after just enough sleep to feel more tired, go at it again. I routinely beg for more time from my editors not because I’m slow (well, I might be) but because I’m having fun. But that first, initial draft? It’s ugly.

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