Friday, October 19, 2007

Writing life

Yesterday, we had the first big storm of the season, knocking out power for several hours. No writing got done at all, but a few pages were edited after power was restored. I did get a wall of the bedroom painted. . . .

The fact is, my concentration is still lacking, I may have been too optimistic signing up for the seventy days of sweat. The new story needs to grow in my mind and there's nothing I know of that makes that happen fast. The characters, and the story world, have to become multi-layered to me before I can write the scenes, which in turn comprise the hopefully compelling fictional account.

Some time ago, I was participating on another challenge board. In my newbie ignorance, I offered one of the published author's I admire advice about managing her writing career. Lack of knowledge can be empowering, but I cringe recalling this incident. I had the very best of intentions and great respect for her writing . . . but still. She responded graciously, that what I suggested (working on multiple projects simultaneously) simply wasn't practical for her.

Now, I know there are authors who do manage multiple stories. There are some amazing writers out there. But I'm not one of them. I can only get my head into one story world at a time. Therefore, I need to finish editing Dangerous Rescue before I begin to build the new pirate world. Sven is going to have to sweat without me for another week or so.


Blogger Lori Borrill said...

I'm like you, Evanne, in that I need to get my head around a story before I can write it. I see so many authors say they get a brief idea for an opening scene and then they just take off. I admire that but just can't do it. I'm a thinker. I think slow then write fast.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Evanne said...

Ah Lori, you're much better that I--after my slow start I continue to turtle my way toward the finish line and then I edit and revise several times. . . LOL

There is a brief period after the initial thinking, plotting, period when a lot (for me) of words spill out--around ten percent of the story before I slow to my normal four or five pages a day.

9:11 AM  

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