Sunday, January 30, 2011
I sat down at the computer and wrote for three uninterrupted hours while my husband took care of the kids.
I didn't allow myself email, or twitter, or spider solitaire. I just wrote.
And 3500 words later I was done.
I have some characters, a setting, and a pretty good story, but there is still SO MUCH work to be done. I'm so excited to do it.
I know everyone says to wait a few months before revising. It makes sense to wait and get some distance from the story. It's good advice.
But even though I know the "right" thing to do is write something else and let this story simmer for a while, I just can't wait.
I'm excited about this project. I want to work on it. And, after my 2010 (aka the year of crappy writing), I feel like I need to keep this new found momentum going.
So, I'm jumping into revisions tomorrow. It might be the "wrong" way to do it, but I don't care.
How long do you wait before you start revising a first draft? Have you ever been so into a story you couldn't let it rest?
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
My husband tells the best stories. He has great characters with funny voices and silly names. They go on exciting adventures. He always has the kids giggling by the end (which actually isn't all that helpful just before bed, but it's pretty cute).
My bedtime stories aren't so good. They're pretty much all about dragons and princesses and a quest where they have to get three things. Not very original. And not very fun. When the kids get to choose the storyteller it's no surprise that they always want daddy. Mom's stories are lame.
So how, when I can't even tell a decent bedtime story, do I manage to write books?
I'm pretty sure it's because my creative process takes time. I need to work out the basics. I have to decide where the scene will take place, what the characters are going to say to each other, where the bad guys come in, and how the problems I create will be solved later on. I always say I'm not a plotter, but I think plot more than I admit. I don't outline a whole book before I write, but I can't just make stuff up while I'm typing either.
This might be why I can't do 10,000 word days. I run out of stuff I've thought through after a couple thousand words and I can't go on until I get an hour to do dishes or vaccuum so I can think out the next scene.
Are you a good on-demand storyteller? Can you sit down at the computer and create, regardless of whether you've worked out a scene before? Or do you have to have things planned out before you write?