Cecelia Marriott Chittenden: Writer’s heart
Meeting the Rising Writer No. 2
Hello again! It’s another week, and I have another writer who I want you to meet. Some of you have seen her around if you’re in Authors’ Tale, and she is a wonderful person, truly. Please, let me introduce you to Cecelia Marriott Chittenden.
Cecelia was born in Clearwater, Florida, but she now lives in Springfield, Missouri. She hopes to publish her writing one day, but for now she strives to be “a damn good author.”
Cecelia agreed to a virtual interview, so please meet the writer whose work is shared in the group, today. Thank you, Cecelia.
When did you start writing?
Probably as a teenager, but I didn’t devote very much time to writing in the past. As a young mother, I would write stories for my children. When I was in my thirties, I seriously began to write. The demands of raising a family, working a full-time job, and being a wife did not allow me the privilege of writing. Now that I’m retired, I have the time to devote to writing.
What inspires your writing?
This is hard to answer. I suppose to get the stories and characters that circulate in my brain out to see the light of day.
When do you usually write? How often? Do you have a word goal or page goal when you write?
I write when the ideas come. If they don’t come, I don’t write. It takes time to develop a plot that continues to move forward, so I am mentally thinking through my story throughout the day and night. You read everywhere that you should have page or word goals every day, but that has never worked for me. There are times a fragment of a story is in my head, and I will write at that time. There are all types of rules for writing, but for the most part, I ignore them all.
Do you believe knowing the rules of writing is important before breaking them?
Correct English is a given but otherwise, I may bend some rules more than break them. Writing is a creative art – if everyone follows the same rules then we are just clones.
What are you currently working on? How did you begin working on it?
I am currently working on two projects. The first, an epic novel, is complete but deserves a lot of re-writes and editing. The second is also a novel and is just forming on paper. My first novel, I did write a very loose outline, which I followed for the most part but as I wrote, the story expanded and now includes segments that were never in the outline. The second novel, I am writing as it unfolds in my head.
Give us insight into your main character.
My main character is named Roseanna. She is the member of very wealthy families who raise and race thoroughbred horses on a plantation in Louisiana. She is the youngest of three children, the only girl, and born late in life to her parents. She is headstrong, but not arrogant or conceited. Her father applauds her womanhood and nurtures her to be strong.
The time period for this novel is the close of the Civil War. Her two brothers both fall victim to the war, and she loses both parents. She is a woman and though everyone tries to control her life, she is strong enough to do it herself but not without a lot of opposition.
She sounds like a strong character. Do you want to get a specific point across with your character?
Depends on the character. In both cases yes – I want to show them as intelligent and resourceful.
You said you are planning on letting the story as it unfolds, so do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you overcome it?
Of course I do. It’s usually how to make my current story progress. I continually work the problem over in my mind until I come up with a solution.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I write full time as long as the ideas continue to flow.
Do you research your book? If so, what have you learned through your research?
I learned a lot about the life of those folks who lived through the Civil War. The hardships, the political implications, and the results of reconstruction in the south. You can only really appreciate what happened during this time in our nation’s history if you take the time to look deeper than the surface.
Thank you, so much, Cecelia. It’s always interesting to meet other writers and learn a little about their journey. I look forward to seeing you around the group, as always.
Thank you, everyone, for taking some time to meet a fellow writer. Not every writer is famous, but it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to be noticed. Even an aspiring writer has something to say, and that’s what I want to do – what I hope to do – for the writers around me.
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Have a blessed evening.