Skin Of My Teeth…….

November 30th is here and in my attempt to post at least once a month, here it is.

When the creative juices stop flowing, I take time to re-read some oldies but goodies.  I will spend  some time “daydreaming” and re-writing favorite scenes in my head.  I enjoy the brainstorming activity and it keeps my mind occupied when I’m driving long distances or running.  Eventually I sit back down and move forward on my own novel but I try to never compare my characters to others.

Truth be told, I have rewritten my own scenes in my head several times, but that’s okay because there is no ending yet and it can’t change an outcome that hasn’t happened!

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Changing Colors…………………..

I can’t believe it’s the end of October already.  Haven’t had a chance to blog lately but wanted to take a minute to update you on my progress.

This book writing journey remains a positive experience for me and I haven’t lost my sense of humor (yet).   Admittedly, I was frustrated for a while but that’s when I took some time off to re-evaluate where I was going with things.  During my “down-time” I tried to read as much as I could and stay off the internet.  I had spent too much time trying to figure out how to market a book I hadn’t even written yet.

So as the colors change, I have renewed my love affair with my two favorite characters (and some witty extras who keep them on the right path).  I hope we’re not still having this conversation by the time the snow falls.  I hope to be through the editing phase by then, but of course I said that last summer!!!

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Free Falling………..

Been in a tailspin the past few weeks but think I’ve managed to right the ship.  Looking forward to getting back to the business of writing.  I’ve actually missed my characters and somehow hope they’ve miraculously gotten themselves out of the web they’ve spun, but somehow I doubt it.  They are going to need my help and I’m up for the challenge.

This roller coaster continues and I’m glad to be back on the ride!!!!

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It’s Called Labor Day for a Reason………..

I am spending the Labor Day weekend “laboring” on a new chapter.  Starting to feel better about my accomplishments, small as they are.  The measuring stick use to be guided by ‘number of words’.  It is now about ‘quality of emotion.’

Happy Labor Day to all!!

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Switching Gears…………….

Time to switch gears and shift back to ‘writing’ mode.  The past two weeks have been filled with life, life  and oh yeah, life.  Hate when that gets in the way.

I began writing my novel in March and started blogging about my journey in May.

I would like to personally thank the 36 BRILLIANT and BEAUTIFUL  people who actually read this crazy blog.  I’m sure no-one cares that I am experiencing the same turmoil, frustration and head banging sessions that everyone else does.  I can offer no valuable advice on how to overcome these obstacles or give direction.

I like to write.  I like to dream up stories.  I like to challenge myself………that’s it in a nutshell.

I am not qualified to review or critique anybody else’s work, because who really cares if I LIKE OR DISLIKE it.

Getting ready to shift into high gear and get back to the task at hand.  Thanks for the rant session.  Work begins bright and early tomorrow where I will have to face beast and push on through.

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The Dreaded Chapter 13…………..

Thinking about leaving  chapter 13 out.  Not the text, just skip the number. It’s been my cross to bear for about two weeks now.

I wanted to give an update on how the overall writing journey has gone since I began this in March. I have been pleasantly surprised at how quickly my main scenes have come together. I find I get a lot done while sitting in traffic or lying awake at 3 a.m. The details of which, come pouring out of me when I finally get the chance to sit down at the computer. My outline keeps me in check but I’m not opposed making changes on the fly.

The most important lesson I’ve learned is when I sit down to write I no longer re-read the chapter or even the last two pages. I lose a lot of time going back and editing when I know it will all get the red pen at the end. It’s important to just keep pushing forward. I’ve learned to avoid the word “that” and “realized”.

Overall, I’m determined and looking forward to the end result. I have cheated on my book twice when new characters popped into my head and I spent some time developing their identity. Luckily, I wrote it down and put it away in the drawer for another day (or possibly another book).

Thanks for letting me ramble. Back to Chapter 13….ugh!

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This thing has grown legs…….

Characters, plots, twists, conflict, love, harmony and oh yeah, drama.

Never would I have believed that a simple love story could have become so complicated. Real life is tough enough, hoping it also comes with a “Happily Ever After.”

Maybe one day, my creepy crawly will be a beautiful butterfly.

Now that’s happily ever after!

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