Have you found your day job reflected in your fiction? That work that brings in the paycheck--has it changed what you write about?
I'm the New Age massage therapist of the group, and I confess my perceptions of the world have transformed since the long ago days when I bustled down hospital corridors as an R.N.
I'd begun writing in my late nursing days, and I belonged to a writer's group from Community College. I wrote a story called "Going Home" about an elderly woman resuscitated and left to deteriorate on a respirator. The idea of the piece revolved around letting the old people pass on gracefully. Medicine got carried away trying to "save" a soul ready to go home.
When I read the piece to my group, one girl started crying. Her grandmother had just been through such an ordeal. The girl's emotional wounds hadn't healed yet.
Maybe I should have written about something else.
But since I became a massage therapist, my world tilted and a new, inner world emerged. Suddenly, I've become aware of angels, fairies, reincarnated witches, and crystal ball gazing--that's just for starters. My writing reflects these new subjects. I work in my clients' auras, am conscious of energy fields and energy work, do yoga to keep from keeling over, meditate, and know that the universe is a pretty exciting place.
No more sad stories. I promise. The best is yet to come.