Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

I saw the light…

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JupiterLighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining. ~ Anne Lamott

I’ve always been fascinated by lighthouses. These towering structures not only served as a navigational aide, but they steered mariners away from cliffs, shorelines and potentially hazardous area. They provided a signal to ships, in the darkness and the fog, when they came too close to these areas. Although there are regional similarities in construction, no two lighthouses have been built the same.

During the past few months, I’ve been thinking a lot about lighthouses and primarily, the role of the lighthouse keeper. It wasn’t an easy life for the keeper or his family. Every two years they were rotated around the lighthouse stations. Some locations were more isolated and less popular, so the rotation prevented friction from building between the lighthouse station families.

As my mind continued to ponder the life of a lighthouse keeper, I was also debating whether to enter a writing contest. I had entered the contest in the past, but this year the timing didn’t feel right. I was enrolled in an online writing course, so I wasn’t sure if I would have the time to work on a new story.

Then a funny thing started happening; I was seeing pictures of lighthouses everywhere. They were in magazines, on blog posts, on TV and then one day, in the newspaper. I was browsing through the Sunday travel section and there it was an article about the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse located in North Carolina. I took it as a sign. I was meant to write a story about the lighthouse keeper and enter it into the contest.

The character was vivid in my mind. I knew his backstory, like an old friend, but I struggled in my attempt to tell his story. After a couple of weeks, I sat down and wrote the ending of the story. I had never done this before, but it was clear to me how I wanted the story to end.

When I finished the ending, I let it sit. A week later when I opened the Word document, it was as though I had turned on a TV. The story of the lighthouse keeper played out in my head, but this time, from the beginning. I plan to submit the story tomorrow.

Have you ever started something someplace besides the beginning?

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

119 thoughts on “I saw the light…

  1. There have been several stories where I just wrote out a scene that was in my head first, and on one occasion, that scene eventually worked its way to the beginning.

    Good luck in the contest! I’m already intrigued from your blog post. 🙂

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    • Thank you, it’s good to see you guys! I appreciate you sharing how you craft some of your scenes. It’s interesting to hear all of the different methods used by writers.
      Enjoy your weekend!

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