Thursday, August 12, 2010

When The Words Flow

There are a few positive things that come from being pregnant and sick and mostly confined to my bed and my couch.

1. My mother-in-law comes and cleans and cleans and cleans some more AND entertains my children. Mmm hmm. Some people might have lousy mother-in-laws. I am not one of those people. My mother-in-law is an angel.

2. I get a lot of couch snuggle time with the kids.

3. I have plenty of time to read.

4.I get to attend the AWESOME WriteOnCon from the comfort of my own home.

5. I can write as much as I want.

It sounds pretty idyllic, huh? There have been some crumby days lately, I'm not going to lie, but I've had a couple of great ones too.

Last week I had a day where the kids played sweetly with each other for two hours and I was able to WRITE. It was one of those days when the words just flowed. It was one of those days when I sat down at the computer and was immediately immersed in the story and in sync with the characters. One of those days when I LOVED the story and knew it could be great. I've only had a handful of days like that since I started writing. Usually I have to work for my words, typing them out, even when I don't feel like writing. But I guess it's worth working through those days to have a magic day every once and a while.

Have you had days like this? I wonder if the people who can write books in a few months (or weeks) have days like this all the time. If you have magic days all the time, I need your secret to success!

27 comments:

Kathryn said...

I don't have any magic days, but I was determined to write 500 - 1,000 words a day and set out to do that when I was working 12-hour days at work for about three months. Now that the chaos at work has calmed, so that I can now work my normal 8-hour days, that discipline has paid off. I can pound out at least 1,500 words a day (rough, of course, I'm no prodigy, but at least I'm getting the words down on paper) and that's helped me stay in touch with my story. I know a lot of writers who talk about the discipline of writing daily and I think that helps contribute to the "Magic Days"! :)

Hope you feel better soon, Natalie! And how awesome is WriteOnCon???

Terri Tiffany said...

I'm sorry you are in this position but praying your baby is doing great!
I have every day to write all day and trust me, I don't take it for granted!

Nicole Zoltack said...

I'm sorry your pregnancy is so rough for you!

I just gave birth a week ago so my writing time is severely limited right now. I try to think about my stories as much as possible so when I do have a spare moment for the computer, I spend the time typing, not staring at a blank screen.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

*hugs* I'm so glad you have a super-mother-in-law, because you're pretty super yourself.
Magic comes and goes for me, but when it's there, I feel like I can fly. ;)
And WriteOnCon=Awesome.

Diane said...

It does sound like one of those magical days where the stars are aligned and all is right in the world...... Great mom-in-law! Hugs to you both :O)

Sara B. Larson said...

Wow, what a great MIL!! And I love those days so much (when the words just flow). They are fabulous. Hope you're doing well!

Aubrie said...

Glad to hear you had a magic writing day! :)

Sara McClung ♥ said...

Dude, isn't it AWESOME having a mother in law who's awesome? I'm in that club too =) Congrats on the magical day of words! I love those days =)

Caroline Starr Rose said...

So glad your family is taking good care of you.

Kelley Vitollo said...

Yep I've had days like that. I've recently started a new WIP and its flowing so well for me that I get giddy just opening the doc. LOL.

Oh, and I also have a wonderful MIL. I'm very lucky.

Ted Cross said...

When I can get myself to write, I always fall into a zone and words pour out in a waterfall. I did 50,000 words in one month once, and they didn't need a ton of editing afterward. However, I really have to force myself to write, because I have so many other hobbies that are easier to do, so they always give me an excuse to procrastinate on writing. Plus, I don't have an agent, which would automatically give me motivation...

Dawn Simon said...

Oh, I love magic days! And yay about the house being cleaned by someone else, extra snuggle time with the kids, and all the other good stuff. Sorry about the sick days, though. I don't handle nausea well, not even if it's the morning sick kind.

I hope you have lots more magic days in the near future! :)

Magan said...

Keep the pregnancy comments flowing! Just found out that I was pregnant last week (after only 3 months of marriage...SURPRISE), and I just love hearing about other writing moms or pregnant writers! It makes me smile, alot.

-Magan
thepunchingbagfightsback.blogspot.com

Laura Marcella said...

I hope you feel better soon and I'm glad you're having some good days!

I don't have consecutive magical writing days. They arrive randomly. The important thing is to show up every day so I don't miss the magic when it decides to visit!

I'm glad you have a great mom-in-law. I do, too! Whenever I hear horror mil stories, I'm so super grateful for my husband's wonderful mom! We sure are lucky!

Sarah Forgrave said...

I've had more "couch time" than I'd like in the past few years. I feel for you, but I also agree that it can create some great opportunities. Glad to hear you're focusing on the positives. :-)

DL Hammons said...

I've searched and searched for some correlation between those magical days and what was different. What did I eat? Drink? Did I sleep late or get up really early. What music was I listening to? I've tried it all and could never replicate a magical day. I think it's something like biorythms...or PMS. :)

Anita said...

I love the story of your magic day...they are few and far between for me right now, but school is back in session soon, so Woo-Hoo!

Joanne Fritz said...

If anyone deserves a magical writing day, it's you, Natalie! Hope you have many more.

I've learned to appreciate them because they happen so rarely.

So glad to hear you have a supportive, angelic MIL. Yay! When my kids were little, my MIL was always there for us. Keep resting and take care of yourself and the baby.

Medeia Sharif said...

I hope you feel better, without that confined feeling.

WriteOnCon was glorious.

I have those magical days, too. It's a combination of having an open schedule and a right attitude.

Tamika: said...

Congratulations Natalie! I don't know how I missed the baby news!

Since I'm working on my fifth month into my third pregnancy, I can say that writerly things are looking up. For a while I was too sick to write, blog, or even read.

Happy to hear you are getting some great support:)

Tabitha Bird said...

I don't have magic days all the time, but I know it's going to be a good day when I wake ot a gut level feeling like a grunt inside. Something that is moving inside. It is like waking to poetry that is waiting to be birthed. Then I know I am going to be lead by my words and not the other way around. I am used to dragging my writing on to the page too. It is great when you don't have to hey :)

Jill Kemerer said...

You have such a great attitude and let's hear it for great mother-in-laws! I do have magic days but not all the time. I have many, many pulling the words through my teeth days. So glad you had a good one!

Jessie Oliveros said...

Thank goodness for your mother-in-law! I'm glad you are getting your rest. When is that baby due?

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Sorry I'm so late to comment, but I've been a blog slacker lately. Hope you're feeling better. XO

Ann Best said...

No magic days! But I'm so glad I have my four children (I'm a grandmother now!) and don't have to go through pregnancy again, though I was never as ill as you sound; didn't get to read and read and snuggle. So, enjoy THAT, and hope you soon feel better.
Ann

Jolene said...

I write fast. Magic days come because I've spend a LOT of time thinking about the story and characters. When I do dishes, I think about who I can channel. When I read stories, who would ---- like to read tonight? It all helps, when you're in fine tune with your characters, they'll direct your book and you'll have a lot more magic days.

I was on bedrest while pregnant, not fun. Good luck with everything!

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, i was so sick with my first, all I kept thinking was "Thank goodness, I don't have any others to take care of!" Hope you feel better soon!