First of all, I am very grateful to have the most amazing writing partners and critique partners who are HONEST and who are ENCOURAGING.
I’ve Always Depended on the Kindness of Critique Partners October 31, 2009
BIF, GMC, ABC & 1,2,3 October 30, 2009
My brain is full. And for the first time since I forced my butt in a chair to write 4.5 years ago, I have no idea where to go next with this story.
So I sit here, inert. Brain dead. Wondering. Worrying. In a well of doubt.
Do I scuttle it and lose $50? Write what I originally planned and the heck with the issues facing it? Tweak it and hope for the best in regard to the GH? Or do I rework it completely and slap the title on the entry even though it no longer suits the story for the GH? AAAAACCCCKKKKK!!!!!!!!
Yesterday I read BREAK INTO FICTION. The entire thing. Front to back. Great for the next book, and it’ll help with this book, but I’m not sure how much I can save. It’s like throwing a lifeline to a boat with holes and too many people inside. Someone is going to drown no matter what I do.
I brainstormed. I plotted. I bought sharpie pens. I got poster board. I made gobs of notes.
But now, today, in this moment. I got nothing. Nada. It’s not a writer’s block. I can write. I just don’t know if what I choose to write will be the right write.
Yesterday, I reread my reasons for writing the story and the original hero/heroine cards I started with and I feel the answer is lurking in them. But where? I have my fishing line out, a hook in the water, and a minnow on the end. But no nibbles are answering my line.
So today? What to do?
I’ll play around with it all a bit more. I’ll fill out note cards, make my GMC charts, review my brainstorming notes, go through the BIF templates a CP sent me (thanks G!), and pray for serious AHA solution moment to show up between now and Monday.
And I’ll query another agent with the third MS just feel some sense of accomplishment.
Colored Pens, Sharpies and Poster Board October 29, 2009
I brainstormed yesterday for four hours, hashed out an inciting incident with my CP up in VA after chatting for an hour, and then drove to STAPLES (my home away from home) to buy poster board and colored pens for charting my characters.
Hero and Heroine Attitude Readjustment October 28, 2009
I got my first five chapters back from my CPs (2 of them) and the questions they raised are questions I have as well. And they are biggies. I don’t know if I can pull these two characters’ stories off without a MAJOR overhaul of the s/l. The good news my writing voice is strong and the craft elements in general are improved. However, the s/l has a lot of weak points to it as far as the premise is concerned.
Gurgle, Bubble, Toil and Trouble October 26, 2009
Yesterday, in a fit of efficiency, I decided to streamline my life. First I planned the menu for the week, then I hit the grocery store, and I prepped all the raw veggies for the week.
Goals and Disruptions October 25, 2009
Goals for the week:
Ah, my long awaited Alphasmart arrived yesterday. With great excitement I opened it and drew it out of the box only to discover the cord didn’t work with my beautiful MAC book. Now that was okay, I’d just use it with my DHs HP laptop, right?