The Letter Project

June 21, 2009

Special Delivery (09)

Filed under: Letters — Theresa Williams @ 12:21 pm

This is a letter I wrote to my husband during my Provincetown residency.  He was visiting his ill father at the time.   His father’s nickname was T.O.M (The Old Man).  –TW

Tuesday June 24, 2008 (24 Pearl Street, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA  02657)

5:43 a.m.

Yes, I have done it again, I have been a bad girl and stayed up all night writing.  Actually, I came to a wall and had some decisions to make.  This was a little after midnight.  I stepped out of the apartment—it had finally quit raining—and walked over to the lounge.  The leaves swooshed all around, and it felt eerie, but it felt good to be out. I fooled around on the Internet a while and by the time I got back to the apartment, I’d made a firm decision about how to proceed.  It’s going to mean changing the point of view in some of the sections, but that shouldn’t take more than a day, at most, to complete.  The whole book is going to be from the point of view from the man.  I’ve created a character and a voice that delights me and makes it easy to say what needs to be said.  I know exactly how things will go now.  I even know the end.  Once I make those changes, the rest of the book should fall into place.  The book feels fresh and alive now.  It’s very different than I imagined it would be, much less serious and much more fun. I’ve kicked the belief that this has got to be a serious book.  Finishing a rough draft before I leave here seems even more do-able than before.  I’m up to 50 pages now.  That’s 50 REAL pages, not just rough pages.  So now it’s the 24th, and I’ve got a week to make my goal of 80-pages.  I think I can do it.  That’s only about 4-pages a day.  That puts my draft about the half-way point. 

How are you doing?  How is T.O.M.?  Are you keeping your spirits up?  Because you know I love you.  Thank you for bringing me to P-Town.  May this book provide us even more adventures still.


Theresa Annie


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