July 22, 2008

Writing Is HARD

This writing thing is hard work. I will have a day with no interruptions and I can spit out 3000 words in one day! And the next day I have no interruptions and can't seem to get 500 words down. How does that happen??

I need some booty glue to keep my big ol' seat stuck in the chair. When the words are not flowing, I find myself surfing the web, watching tv, going to the store, anything but making my fingers fly over the keyboard.

I had hoped to finish the first draft by the end of the summer, but I don't think that is going to be possible. Just not enough time, as my last week of summer is next week. Plus, I want to do some fun things with the kids.

Okay....guess what? I need to get back to writing. At least a couple of hundred words before I turn in for the night. Wish me luck.

July 14, 2008

West Wing

My two younger kids are at my sister's house this week. While I am taking the days to write as much as possible, I was given the first 2 seasons of West Wing to watch this week. I have heard it is great, but I have been so incredibly sick of the whole election year saga, that I am having a hard time wanting to even take a look at the first episode. Hopefully, it will be catchy and grab me. I could use some non-mental activities this week. :)

July 09, 2008

Stuck

I don't like being stuck. But stuck I am. I 've begun a writing project, you know, and I can't seem to write today. I finished a scene and know what I need to do, but just don't want to. The words won't come. I am 100 pages in and can't seem to move forward.

I'd rather read or watch a movie, or take a nap. Which is what I did. Now I bet I won't be able to sleep tonight. Won't that be fun!!

What a funk I'm in. I don't really feel like doing anything. Not talking to anyone, not going to church tonight, not cooking supper, not anything. I don't think I'm depressed. So what is it? I don't know!

Whatever it is, I hope it passes and does it fast! I don't have time for it...summer is almost over!

July 04, 2008

My Summer Obsession

I mentioned in my first blog that I needed to pick the "one thing" that I wanted to accomplish this summer and just do it death. Well, I decided. I am writting a novel. I know, I know, that sounds so lame and I am embarrassed to even put it to paper, much less publish it in a blog, but I decided that it is something I must do.

It is something that I have wanted to do my whole life. I am an avid reader and the thought of putting a story together that would transport someone away to another time...another place...well, if fair takes my breath away. What a dream, right?

Right!!!

It is a dream. My dream. And while nothing may ever come of it, I will have done it. I will not get to my death bed and wonder why I never even tried my hand at it. It will not be my regret.

And so, here I go. I have about 15,000 words written so far, and while it is really poor writing, I am sticking to my plan of writing the whole first draft this summer while I have the time off from my job at the school.

I watched Finding Forrester the other day and Sean Connery says to Forrester, "You write with your heart. You rewrite with your head." Such wise words. So that is what I am doing. I am trying to let go and let the words flow and ignore my inner editor that wants to rewrite every other sentence. (I will never get it done if I listen to that little demon!)

So, while I don't think anyone reads this blog, if you do, then don't laugh at me and my dream. It may have been stupid, but I thought myself brave to put it out there for the world to see.

Just don't ask me to let you read it!
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