Saturday, April 30, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016
From my archives
The concept is sound, I thought. I would use April to launch my novel writing project. Now April 20, 2015, I am less sure. The outcome is not what I expected. The plan that I expected to outline hasn’t happened. The start point has not emerged. Planning may just well be another term for procrastination.
I know what’s going on. It’s fear – plain and simple that has me stalled. And the cure for that is to begin. I have no plan but I don’t need one. Many of my stories have been written without a plan as I use the D&D method. Discovery and Decisions in turn has served me well in the past. And many of my stories have been written without a plan.
One of my writer friends describes writing as involving bum glue -place butt in chair in front of the writing project and work. I have heard the advice ‘Stay in the room’ -work through the difficulties. So here I go: in the room and on the chair.
Fear isn’t particularly simple, but it is manageable. I expect to have some fear/anxiety/nervous energy about writing and I have decided to welcome it. Calmness might be seriously over-rated. Calmness might be the opening theme for boring. In the past year, I have learnt a few more things about planning as well.
· I now use sub-goal plans. These sub-goals are tiny steps that I give my attention to.
· I enlist accountability buddies. At the moment, a friend and I are exchanging weekly logs that include the plan and the outcome.
· I step back and view my actions as if from an outside observer. Today, I see that I have checked my weekly log and I am writing a blog essay. And the outside observer things works too as I imagine what I would do if I were moving towards my goals. What I imagine often makes it onto the list of things to do.
· I take another angle if a goal is eluding me. I was stalled in the goal of ‘make an outline’, so I borrowed one and made modifications.
Monday, April 18, 2016
When I write a story, I also write down my thoughts about writing the story. Sometimes it helps me to sort out what my mind is doing and to give me clues about what I need to do next. I pulled this piece from my archives as an example of writing about my thoughts while writing.
To birth the story;
I think that I have to get out of my own way on this one. It wants to be told, in the worst way and all my planning and fussing has been there only to frustrate me. I will not make a plan, I will tell the story. I believe that this is right and it does follow the writer’s workshop textbook that I have read.
I wonder if I haven’t been just over-thinking the process of writing as I have my files and resources and all the rest that seem to be prep work for writing but in a lot of ways is not.
Thought writing can get me writing again but it can also become a diversion and in some cases can stop my writing. I find that what I read; influences what I write. So after I have stumbled or stalled in a story, and I have written about my frustrations, I turn to reading fiction. My mind usually becomes clear and focused again on the story writing process and I move forward.