Maybe I should change my tag line from “Author looking for her place between romance and suspense” to “Woman looking for her place between life and writing”.
I have been struggling (for years, actually) to make time to write, or more accurately, revise this book. Revising seems to take a lot more energy, focus and time than the original writing.
To tell the truth, I’m terrified to start a new book. Maybe that’s why finishing this one is taking so dang long. I’m scared of learning that I really don’t know what I’m doing, even though I claim that I’m learning so much. Learning is failing, though. I know this.
But recently I discovered Lisa Cron and her books, Wired for Story and Story Genius.
One word: TRANSFORMATIVE
She spoke to my writing soul and it made sense and it stuck and it got me un-stuck! I have made more progress in the past few weeks than I have in the past few years. Glory Hallelujah!
Yes, it’s been a while. I could tell you some terrific story about how I’ve been busy saving children in Uganda, or found out I was the switched-at-birth daughter of the rulers of a foreign land, or how I thwarted a terrorist attack in Houston, but those are actually other books I’ve been reading instead of blogging.
I have been writing, though! But I’m still not finished with the book.
I know, I know. I said I was going to be finished by now. But I’m trying to make this the best book it can be before it goes out into the world. Each read-through shows me something else that needs to be improved.
This is still a learning book. I know that. It may never be published, but, by golly, when it goes out to be judged, I will be proud of it.
I’m going to get back to blogging regularly, too. Probably not every day, but at least once a week. I am learning things in this process and want to share them.
Even if no one but the spammers are reading it. 🙂
I spent a long, fabulous day plotting and planning and revising. First, I mapped out the whole book on a storyboard, then spent some time planning how to fix the known issues. After that I plugged the fixes into the storyboard and even wrote a new scene.
The plan for what to do next is sitting on bright sticky notes on my storyboard, but the hard part is still doing it. It took me hours to write the new scene, but I kept at it and got it finished. After a few days I’ll go back and clean it up some. I know my writing process well enough now to know the new scene has issues.
Speaking of my process, it’s becoming more clear to me that I need to plot. In enough detail that I know where to go, but not so much that I can’t deal with new ideas that pop up while writing. It’s a fine line to walk, but it seems to work better for me than just pulling threads and seeing where they go.
I guess I’ll find out for sure when I start working on the next book.