The car accident has had a longer reach than I expected. I just managed to get out to write this past Tuesday for the first time since the accident, but found I was completely unable to work on the piece I have in process. My husband’s work has kept him late in the office for the rest of the week, and thus kept me home with the kids and the dog, a situation not at all conducive to writing.
So instead of fiction, I’m concentrating on writing all this down in my journal. Fear and guilt and resentment are powerful emotions, and powerful emotions make for powerful and believable characters. Getting it out in words and on paper gives me practice for expressing those emotions in writing. It’s also very effective therapy. I encourage all writers to keep a journal, to record our everyday lives to mine for the sake of authenticity in our stories and characters.