For the past few years I've been working on this one particular writing project of mine. It's a YA book that I've re-written a few dozen different times, and--currently--and doing some deep-edits.
And the thought that has driven me to post today is that it is amazing what little bits of life and the people that are new (or even new-ish) in your life can change the shape of story.
I moved out to Pacific Northwest last year, started graduate school, started exploring my spiritual side and met some incredible new people. And I have found, as I do this deep-edit, and rewrite portion of the book that all these things are changing the shape of it.
However, I think the new people in my life are re-shaping the most. While the story has not lost my voice--not by a long shot--I find the voices of my new friends creeping in.
And I don't think that's a bad thing...