Days 80 & 81 of the 111 Day Writer’s Journey

I’ve stated on numerous occasions that inspiration strikes in the most unlikely of moments. I’ll revise that statement slightly: Inspiration strikes in the quietest and simplest of moments. The past two days are examples of such a claim.

Day 80: DADDY LONG LEGS

Heartwarming, lovely, charming, elegantly told, and beautifully presented – that’s how I’d describe the Off-Broadway production of ‘Daddy Long Legs‘. I was all ready to watch my favorite TV shows Thursday evening when I recalled that a new musical (currently on stage in NYC) was being live streamed over the internet. “I can’t pass this up,” I declared. “I’ll watch it for a little bit and if I don’t like it, I’ll just turn it off.” Not ten minutes in, I had a smile so broad that my cheeks hurt. I sat the entire time, glued to my laptop and clapping as though I was in that theater. If I enjoyed it so much from a distance, I can’t wait to experience it in its home at the Davenport Theater.

While I draft a more in-depth review for my entertainment blog, visit the musical’s website to read more about this delightful piece of theatre.

Day 81: A Web of Lines

I connected with ‘Daddy Long Legs’ for many reasons, but mainly because written communication played a central character in the play. It combined two of my great loves: musical theatre and writing. I woke the next day excited to continue working on my novel(s). The words didn’t flow as effortlessly as I implored them to, but I jotted down story ideas that helped clarify the characters’ motivations. I wrote, and rewrote, climatic scene descriptions and asked myself some hard questions:

  • Do I love the story?
  • Can I summarize the novel in one page, one paragraph, one line?
  • Why did I write it in the first place?
  • What are my protagonist’s wants, needs, and obstacles to overcome?
  • Am I as passionate about it as I hope readers will be?

After months of hiding it away, I’m dusting the cobwebs off my manuscript and addressing the answers to all of the aforementioned questions.

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Published by Kelly Deeny

I am a writer, singer, jewelry designer, and theatre enthusiast. I use various forms of artistic expression for personal reflection, community discussion and creative inspiration. My premiere novel encapsulates all of the above. Follow along on my journey towards an artistic career!

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