I was at the park on a recent morning with my toddler. Always ready for a challenge, she climbed up onto some raised stepping stone play equipment and reached for my hand. Cradling her hand gently in mine, I could feel the surge of power in her small body, as she managed adept little leaps from one platform to the next.
Feeling my little daughter move forward with such gentle guidance reminds me of my experience of writing, when it’s going very well. When I’m on a roll, I feel like I merely give my characters a gentle nudge, and watch as they do all the work. I feel like I guide with a very light touch, and let the natural momentum of the story work for me. It is with a light touch that the writing becomes effortless.