Monday, June 24, 2013

Refocus

It has been three weeks since my last post. Earlier this month I started struggling with motivation, focus on Shadow's Caress, and word counts. I was inspired to write a new story based in Baltimore at a museum to mimic the Baltimore Museum of Art, with a magical (paranormal?) guy and an art history graduate student. My husband convinced me that I should stop tracking daily words and instead just track daily effort (whether that be written words or progress/thinking about the novel). So I returned to occasionally writing for a few weeks. I have not made it to the daily writing but restored that energy level last week as I prepared a draft pitch for a MD RWA chapter meeting that I ended up not attending.

With the help of my FB writing group, they helped me draft up a pitch that has inspired me to tighten up and make the conflict more drastic for my hero and heroine. I am not entirely charged up over this and hoping to ride the motivation-coaster that is Camp NaNo next month. Of course, I'll still be aiming to write daily for the rest of June and just use their inspirational emails. I might create a spreadsheet so that I can track writing and not writing, but it will not record word count.

On that note: Happy Summer, my favorite season for daydreaming.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Steady

I've been keeping steady with some words each day. However, a number of days since the 23rd have had very low word counts, which has dragged my daily average and mood down a bit. My husband reminded me last week to focus on why I write.

The why of it is that I enjoy sharing these ideas floating about in my head. At least I like to put them into a form and then pour it out onto the page. I enjoy manipulating the different ideas and trying to fit the pieces together so that they make sense and so that there can be some character and plot development. Right now I'm learning how to write a romance, which leads to a lot of starts and stops as I realize my mistakes and then want to rewrite to get it better. As Julia Cameron notes in her book, The Artist's Way, you can't get better while looking good.

However, this desire to get better is warring with my desire to just get through draft 1. Roz Morris (in Nail Your Novel) promotes writing out the first draft without worrying about editing. It certainly will help you get to that finished product faster, but it counts on you getting that original outline/plan for the story right. Or at least shutting up your brain so you can get through it until the end.

And so I continue to try to fix and move on at the same time, and it's probably leaving me a bit scattered on focus. I could argue for either approach, although the mature decision is likely to just take notes and keep on going based on the new decision/goal.

And on that note, I'm heading back to writing.