Wednesday, July 25, 2012

And Some Days You Can't Write A Thing

I'm having one of those days. Had to reverse yesterday's word count because I'd put the best friend in a car wreck, which was not going to help the future plot, but now it's like, CRAP, what next?

Plus last night was my writer's group and though they had GREAT things to say about my pages, Joy, my editor friend, always asks such insightful questions that I end up having to simply THINK about motivation and what is the real story behind these people that appeared in my head. And maybe I need to reel it in for a day or two and do some free writing about the Mom to figure out more of why she's drinking too much wine and more of why Dad is just going deeper into himself. But I'm so freaking goal oriented that I (hides head in embarrassment) keep an index card with daily word count goals on my desk next to my laptop. Oh yeah. I'm one of those. List-maker extraordinaire.

Plus - I'm querying and waiting and people are digging my query but now I'm waiting and stalking and every negative tweet, every positive tweet, every completely absent tweet has the brain monkeys chattering like it's party time in the forest. This is NOT PRODUCTIVE. Do NOT follow my example on this.


Luckily my afternoons this week are filled with making cool batik art at a camp I'm teaching to tweens and teens, most of whom are past and present students, which is allowing me to get my head wrapped back around RETURNING to the classroom next Wednesday and the kids returning the following Tuesday. Yes, we start early because we build in for mountain snow days.

So there's a rambling hump day post for you. How's your week shaping up?

21 comments:

  1. I love the idea of using index cards for daily word count goals. It's funny because I find that during the summer my writing actually slows down. I really want to write, and I have been here and there, but I wish I were one of those writers who could pound out 5,000 words in a day.

    I'm querying as well. I just rewrote the opening for the MS I'm querying, but now I'm thinking that there wasn't anything wrong with the old opening at all. I do really like both, but I'm hoping this new first page will help increase my odds.

    School, I go back in September. Summer goes by so fast. I hope you have a wonderful school year, and I'm loving Sing to the Wind. Well, at least what I've read so far. I love the southern voice. :D

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    1. Thanks Tracy - you did the Tricia Lawrence contest right? Now I have to go look to see which story - I have an absolute terrible memory of names:manuscripts

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    2. I did, but I've since taken my entry down though.

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  2. I've actually just had my first creative thought in weeks - I was in an extended word drought, but just jotted down some revision ideas to work on when I get a moment free from work.

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    1. Maybe your brain just needed some chill time. I wish mine had an off button some days - it tends to whir and buzz and chirp until I've got crazy eyes.

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  3. A day off from writing isn't the end of the world. Just remember that thinking and planning are vital parts of writing, too!

    Your class sounds awesome: wish I were closer, I'd crash!!

    Good luck with the stalled space, hun. Waiting is rough, but your work is solid. I just know you will have wonderful news soon!

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    1. I love my class. Joy Neaves is amazing and my fellow writers are such insightful critters and great story tellers. I wish I could keep it up during the school year.

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  4. Hi Jaye! :)

    I shall lend you this big stick - *hands off* - to keep those brain monkeys at bay. (At least they're not flying monkeys!)

    I'm really struggling in my writing world, actually. I'm not one to post a lot of terribly personal items online (gotta keep the gameface on, ya know!), but there's been a job loss in my family and life is a little up in the air right now (moving? staying? buying a food truck?). You'd think I'd be scrambling to escape into my WIP edits, but I'm running a bit on empty. But I know this will pass too, and I'm cutting myself some slack.

    And to answer your question about how's the week shaping up? You know what? Pretty damn good in the end! :D

    Happy Wednesday!

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    1. It's hard to write when there's stress in your life. Or things get warp speed busy. My early mornings are sacred writing time because the house is quiet and I'm too sleepy to argue with myself. But I'll take that stick!

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  5. Outlines, Jaye! Save the day from crazy monkeys every darn time! No more "what next", no more "where's that subplot heading?" and no more "oops, did I lose a character somewhere in there?". I had all of those. Not anymore though, and no writer's block either since I built myself a map. Outlining also shows you some really deep, groovy things about your plot that you would've otherwise only noticed during edits.

    Anyway, sorry for being so forwarding. Makes me feel like a pusher in a back-alley -- "Hey, man, wassup? Feeling low? Want some outline? I've got some quality stuff for you, man, pure as diamonds."

    Sorry!!

    So. My week = busy. Job thinks I'm its bitch. Preparing for holidays though, and can't wait to admire the expanse of the highway before my windshield. :)

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    1. I did my Save the Cat beats, but because my books are so character driven, sometimes I have to get really in their heads before I know the exact "right" thing to have happen. I'll figure it out. I know the scenes after this one, and I also can remind myself, first draft, first draft......

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  6. I think I've been in that place for the past month and a half. It's ridiculously difficult to produce new work while in query-land, when I know it shouldn't be like that. Hopefully I can get back into a good rhythm once this move is over :)

    Try not to get sucked too deeply into the Twitter-hole. I swear there's a black hole somewhere in Twitterverse ;) Good luck!

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    1. Well, my tiny hint is that one of my instincts was correct on Twitter (well that and a little deductive reasoning) - but more on that later :0) Maybe.

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  7. I totally relate to your post! I often wonder how much MORE work I could get done if I wasn't constantly checking twitter,FB,and other social outlets!

    Anyway! I've got good news! You won a copy of Timeless: An Anthology of Young Adult Romance on my blog the other day! Send me a DM with your email address and whether you prefer a Nook version, Kindle version, or .pdf. (@kristineasselin). I know you're on twitter. :)

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  8. Whew! That's enough going on. The very best to you with the queries...and your students are so very fortunate to have you.

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  9. Just one of those days? I haven't written anything fresh all summer. When does school start again????

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    1. I start this coming up Wednesday - students come back on Tuesday the 7th.

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  10. Hard to believe you're back to school so soon. I haven't been able to write much lately. Also trying to wrap my head around some revision issues. Considering that most of my brain power is absorbed with moving to Colorado, I think it's best I ease off on the revision schedule for a bit.

    Have fun with the batik. ^_^

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  11. I can relate to all of this, but right now I SO know what you mean about the query process!

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  12. Ooh, have fun at school! I'm at the point where I know I have back to school shopping to do, but I still think I have enough time to do it "later" Ha!
    And I have so much out in the query ether I almost can't think about it :P

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