Saturday, August 29, 2009

First Drafts

This week I started working on a new novel. It's been over a year since I've put fresh ink on paper, so to speak. Each morning I ask, "How do I do this again?".

"One word at a time, until you get at least 250 of them." I answer.

The story is moving along, but I can't seem to turn off the revision/editor part of my brain. I'm not sure I need to turn it off, just maybe turn it down.

What about you? Are your first drafts super rough, or do you edit as you go?

WHAT I'M READING THIS WEEK: Loose Threads and Hold Me Tight (Lorie Ann Grover) Very Valentine(Adriana Trigiani)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Aha Moments

Introspection is always my challenge.

The answer was there all the time, but until yesterday morning, I didn't see how to structurally integrate my main character's disturbed inner voices into the story.

Now I know.

The aha moment!

Revising this novel has been like exploring a cave. The deeper I go, the darker it gets. I do see a beam of light ahead, but it's taking an awfully long time to reach it.

Aha moments. One of the many joys of writing.

WHAT I'M READING THIS WEEK: The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Muriel Barbery)When You Reach Me (Rebecca Stead)Secret Letters from 0-10 (Susie Morgenstern)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


So many important words in a writer's world start with the letter "p". Here are a few that come to mind:


But the most important and troublesome word in my writer vocabulary is:


How does a naturally impatient person like me exercise patience? I take the advice of the collective professional wisdom that encourages us writers to KEEP WRITING. Immersing myself in a new project is the best remedy I have found.

What about you? What helps you to be patient?

Do you have more "p" words to add to my list?

WHAT I'M READING THIS WEEK: The Dead and the Gone (Susan Beth Pfeffer) The Treasure Map of Boys (E. Lockhart) Red Glass (Laura Resau)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Writing and Computers

What I love about writing on my computer:

#1 The delete button

#2 Instant on-line access to dictionaries, Thesaurus, foreign word translators, search engines, et al.

#3 The Find/Replace option in Microsoft Word

#4 The heat that radiates from my laptop (winter)

What I hate about writing on my computer:

#1 Microsoft Word's mysterious glitch that occasionally makes my days saved work disappear without a trace. Finally found a solution after many stomach-wrenching failures.

#2 Instant on-line access to loads of enticing sites

#3 The grammar/spelling option in Microsoft Word (thank goodness for the ability to disable it)

#4 The heat that radiates from my laptop (summer)

WHAT I'M READING THIS WEEK: The Countess Below Stairs (Eva Ibbotson) September Sisters (Jillian Cantor)Every Soul a Star (Wendy Mass)