Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Holed up in my writing cave

I'd planned on a continuation of the rescue of Ms. Wildstar for my midweek post, but instead, I've been writing. Oh man, does it feel good. It's been a long time since I've actually been writing rather than soley editing. Since last November, actually. Too long.

After a much needed refilling of my creative well, I dived into writing a few new middle chapters for Trust. Thankfully, I left a clearly outlined plan for this section during my last round of cuts or I'd be banging my head against the wall, wondering what the heck I intended to do in the space where I deleted 13,000 words. I have to admit, outlining isn't totally evil after all.

Why delete 13,000 words? My plot needed focus in that area. Total refocus, to be exact.

It's so good to be working with these characters again. I've missed them while playing with short stories and Sahmara's Sunset.

I found that listening to the CD's I had been obsessed with at the time when I was doing one of my major rewrites that inspired this current version, has been a wonderful way to get back into the character's motives. Not that I can listen to music when I actively write, but I do do a good deal of mental writing in the car or while I'm working and that often happens when I'm drifting off into la la land with background music. Perhaps that's not such a good thing when I'm driving. Hmm.


  1. Woohoo! Writing rocks! I love music to inspire as well. I listen to Pandora all the time while I write. And I download songs that fit certain scenes.

    Long live the bug!

  2. I love outlines - I use a calendar sometimes to make it easier. Also it keeps me from getting lost in the middle. Armed with a character sheet (leftovers from D&D days) and a soundtrack, I'm ready to roll...after coffee.

  3. I envy you. I'm in editing hell.

    What a joy it is when that bolt of clarity hits the mind and you discover a way to make the plot better. Congrats. Enjoy it while it lasts.

  4. I usually am NOT an outline kind of girl, but this one has been inspiring and saved my sanity.

    Thanks, Fred. I'm having a blast. In fact, I've totally avoided work for several hours today in favor of writing. Probably not a good thing, but I've cranked out 1,200 words of shiny new scene so far today, and I love the direction it's going.

  5. Yay for writing instead of working! You know how often I do it. It's delightfully liberating :)

  6. I'm envious. Like Fred I'm in edit mode and haven't written anything new in well over a year :(

    Enjoy it while it lasts!

  7. I am enjoying it. Still. It's been a long time since I've felt compelled to turn off the radio in the car so I can work through the next scene in silence.

    Wrote over 1,000 words so far today. I'm rather glad this got shoved back in my face by an editor so I felt compelled to rip it up and write it better. I'm thinking most of the last half is going to be new material.


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