I feel stagnant and creative. How in the world can these two paradigms co-exist in one person at the same time?
The story is progressing…but…. You name it. I have the need, even the energy to be creative and sitting in front of the computer to get the draft done is driving me crazy. More correctly: I’m letting it drive me crazy because…?
I think I feel stagnant because I haven’t gotten out of the house except to a doctor’s appointment after having a wonderful time at the Asher family reunion. I believe I need to just schedule a couple of writing days out – away from the house.
Getting out of the house requires a lot of organizing and planning at the moment, but it can be done. I just need to pack up and go do it: an entire day out, away from the house, working at Barnes & Noble with access to cafe’ mochas and sugar cookies and sandwiches, and not the same four walls. A day writing at the library downtown is also called for, I think. These are my favorite places to go as it is, and I haven’t visited them solo for many months.
Cheyenne and Sniffles are having an egress and access ramp made for me beginning in October. I need to get out before then, especially since there are only two weeks left in this month and my self-imposed deadline is racing at me full-in-the-face. I would prefer not to change it, but, I accept, I may need to. I don’t want to rush out a bad story and receive some reviews I’ve given in relation to the Three P’s: poor planning, plotting, and proof reading. I empathize with each one of the writers I’ve reviewed – good and not-so-good – because they want to tell a good, entertaining story as much as I do. I also believe in being fair and honest about reviews. After all, it is only my opinion and no one else’s. However, if others are giving similar reviews, there’s a good chance something is wrong and you need to look at it.
Because of this reason I am considering looking into CritiqueCircle.com for reviews about the book as the chapters come out. I would much rather have everything come out chapter by chapter than all at once on Amazon. Besides this, I don’t like how Amazon takes down bad, or less favorable reviews. This doesn’t help any of us writers, story tellers by merely stroking out egos. This is especially true if we want to learn and improve our craft. I know not everyone is going to like what I write, but hopefully the genuinely favorable will be better the non-favorable.
Just writing these few paragraphs about the entire writing process I’m going through has helped, as well as comments I received on another post. I feel like I am actually getting support from fellow writers who understand just how glorious and gloriously difficult telling a story can be! Believe me when I say I appreciate all the words of support, sharing of techniques, and general support. I need them.
From here on out The News may only get a weekly blog entry because of The Big Push. I am also taking the advice of Brian Bixby of Sillyhistory fame and tell a good story regardless of whether the word count matches what I think it should be and to solve a problem each day I write. Excellent advice and advice that makes sense to an almost fuddled brain. Thank you, again, sir.
I am also taking the advice from an email from a reader who wishes to remain nameless: “Enjoy the bloody thing! If it means writing in your underwear, naked while popping peanuts (good for the brain), or as far away from the Ivory Tower as you can get: Enjoy the process of telling the story.” This also is true.
Now, I am going to go muck up the poor girl’s, the hero’s love interest, life even more; however, she will thank me for it later.