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lol

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Posted: Feb 27, 2012 - 2:23pm

 Alexandra wrote:

{#Good-vibes}   {#High-five}
 
 
 

 
Well...I can at least report that I've gotten back to work on my novel-in-progress and am in the "zone" again.

 
Well done.  I considered doing that but didn't think I could take the pressure! 

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Posted: Jan 22, 2012 - 12:45pm

"Asking a writer what he thinks about criticism is like asking a
lamppost what it feels about dogs." — John Osborne
 
 
 

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Posted: Dec 23, 2011 - 6:38am

Writers and their kittens

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Posted: Nov 26, 2011 - 9:52pm

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So excited. Just crossed the 40K mark for my NaNoWriMo 2011 novel - the finish line is in sight. Draft 1 is almost done, and once I can retrieve the first half from my currently disabled laptop I can polish it up nice and pretty.

 
{#Good-vibes}   {#High-five}
 
 
 

 
Well...I can at least report that I've gotten back to work on my novel-in-progress and am in the "zone" again.
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Posted: Nov 26, 2011 - 9:46pm

 arighter2 wrote:
*high five*

 



Thanks!
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Posted: Nov 26, 2011 - 9:42pm

 winter wrote:
So excited. Just crossed the 40K mark for my NaNoWriMo 2011 novel - the finish line is in sight. Draft 1 is almost done, and once I can retrieve the first half from my currently disabled laptop I can polish it up nice and pretty.

  *high five*


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Posted: Nov 26, 2011 - 9:38pm

So excited. Just crossed the 40K mark for my NaNoWriMo 2011 novel - the finish line is in sight. Draft 1 is almost done, and once I can retrieve the first half from my currently disabled laptop I can polish it up nice and pretty.
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Posted: Oct 4, 2011 - 6:35pm

I'm going through/organizing my piles of writing material from the last decade.....and came across the original folder/inspirations for my novel-in-progress right now. Wow. Stuff's in there I'd forgotten about.

And then there are the older works I still have NOT given up on.....it just wasn't their time before.
  

So much promise in these boxes. So much promise. I'm very excited for my future. 
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Posted: Aug 30, 2011 - 8:32pm

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Does that make sense?

 
 

It does. And these modifications and changes WERE inspired by my Muse, you see. The story keeps evolving until it's exactly the way it's supposed to be. It writes itself. Half the time I don't feel like I'm in control at all...it's like it's channeling through.

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Posted: Aug 30, 2011 - 8:28pm

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Yes! So now I'm curious as to why you're having these reservations. {#Lol} I wrote that in January....there have been a lot MORE ideas/modifications even. The dementia thing will actually very much add to one of the main characters....the MSA person will be a side character—-or else he will maybe be in the next book. This novel has a lot of darkness in it (for a change).
 
Sorry.

I think you and I have very different writing processes. For example, I do my best work in solitude - hell, half the time I shut the cats out of the room - and you get inspiration from writing around other people, like in a coffee shop. Both great approaches, to each her own, right?

It wouldn't occur to me to add stuff that I know to make it more resonant to my readers - I write what I write, and I write it as well as I can, but unless it's for a specific commission I don't think much about whether it will find an audience. There's not a single thing wrong with making it more appealing or resonant or what have you. It's not my approach to my writing, but it's just as good an approach as mine. It's just not what I do, and given my process it would throw what I was doing out of whack.

I start with an idea, usually a phrase or an image or a question. And I just kind of run with it - I let my Muse take it where she wants it to go, and all I do is try to make that work using what I know of language. If I went back and added something later that wasn't in there before, it would feel out-of-place to me - it would feel tacked-on and inorganic. And I'm not sure I could make it work with what was already there. Obviously my work doesn't just spring like fully-armored Athena from my sweaty brow. I have to work at it, too. But If Athena comes out in sk8r grl gear and I try to put her in a hoop skirt and whalebone corset, she's going to kill me dead. I might get to know her better as I'm writing the story and find that maybe she's into whalebone corsets - stories evolve like all living things - but if it wasn't coming from her it would just feel too forced for me.

Does that make sense?

 

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Posted: Aug 30, 2011 - 8:10pm

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I get that. I'm just not sure how it organically ties into what you've already written. But I haven't seen that, so I could well be many, many miles off.
 

Yes! So now I'm curious as to why you're having these reservations. {#Lol} I wrote that in January....there have been a lot MORE ideas/modifications even. The dementia thing will actually very much add to one of the main characters....the MSA person will be a side character—-or else he will maybe be in the next book. This novel has a lot of darkness in it (for a change).

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Posted: Aug 30, 2011 - 8:01pm

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When you write about what you know and what you've lived.....it's more compelling, more believable. I feel a lot more ideas brewing with those changes. We'll see....
 
I get that. I'm just not sure how it organically ties into what you've already written. But I haven't seen that, so I could well be many, many miles off.

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Posted: Aug 30, 2011 - 7:53pm

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This is something that I keep coming back to - for a couple of years now.  It's stayed pretty consistent, so maybe there's something to it.

 

Those are the Muses knocking at your door. They won't quit until you get it on paper/laptop.

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Posted: Aug 30, 2011 - 7:52pm

 Alexandra wrote:


I second that emotion.

Except I'm not one to talk. I'm in total block right now....but it won't last forever.
 
This is something that I keep coming back to - for a couple of years now.  It's stayed pretty consistent, so maybe there's something to it.
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Posted: Aug 30, 2011 - 7:48pm

 winter wrote:

Okay, knowing very little of your novel-in-progress, I have to ask: why do you have to add these things?

 

When you write about what you know and what you've lived.....it's more compelling, more believable. I feel a lot more ideas brewing with those changes. We'll see....

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Posted: Aug 30, 2011 - 7:48pm

 winter wrote:

Do it.

 

I second that emotion.



Except I'm not one to talk. I'm in total block right now....but it won't last forever.

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Posted: Aug 30, 2011 - 7:47pm

 Alexandra wrote:
My novel-in-progress is going to get a major overhaul.

I need to switch some characters around and add some things to their lives that I know personally (because write about what you know, right?). Like dementia. And Multiple System Atrophy. These are compelling things that will grab readers more deeply...and I can tell them from a firsthand POV.
But what a challenge. Okay, here goes....
 
Okay, knowing very little of your novel-in-progress, I have to ask: why do you have to add these things?
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