Wednesday, March 19, 2014

MY WRITING LIFE

My publisher, Lea, at MuseItUp Publishing suggested that we talk about our writing, the joys and also the stress. I'm cross posting this from the MuseItYoung and MuseItYA blog.
 
Are you a writer? If so you'll know what I'm talking about.
Do you want to be a writer? If so, best of luck to you.
 Here are some of my thoughts, both joys and stress of being a writer.
Of course, this applies to me. Everyone is different. Tell us your joys and stress.
First, here's my desk where I let my imagination go wild.
How I write!

I seldom make an outline. When a little voice whispers in my ear, telling me his/her story, I sit down at the computer and start writing. I let the character(s) show me the way. I ask them questions, and hopefully they give me answers. Sometimes I jot down what I think will happen next or in a later chapter. Sometimes the story happens that way; other times not.

I work better when I have a schedule. Since I usually write more than one story at a time, each day I plan which story to work on that day. On a yellow tablet I list my goals for the day. I do not always reach them. No problem. I circle the ones I did not accomplish to work on the next day.

Writing brings me joy. When the final two words, THE END, are written, I've accomplished my goal. Then the revisions start. In the meantime, I may be editing a forthcoming story for my editor. If that's happening, I set aside time to edit.

Writing is also stressful at times. When I spend all morning on one paragraph, and it still isn't right, frustration sets in. Time to put the story aside for another day. Also, waiting to hear on a submission can have me biting my fingernails. Does the publisher like the story? Does it stink? Should I give up and go back to teaching? All sorts of doubts about my ability as a writer surface.

Do I quit? No way. I suck in a breath and face my characters, hoping they have wonderful ideas for me today.

Happy Writing.


 



10 comments:

  1. Well said. I'm so bad at reaching goals lately.

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  2. Yeah can't quit indeed. When a story pops in I just go with it. Not a fan of editing though, but has to be done.

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    1. I hear you, Pat. Editing is one of those necessary evils.

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  3. Well, I am a fan of editing, because I know how much better it will make my manuscript. I love it when I get a new idea and it ends up being a manuscript. I dislike the waiting and the trying to figure out an editor to send it to.

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    1. You're so right, Janet. My stories usually go through many edits. And then even more from the publisher's editors. Those new ideas are great and so much fun to develop.

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  4. So am I, Beth. I'm trying to cut back and not set unrealistic goals. Maybe that will help. :)

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  5. How amazing that you don't really outline! I need to have a basic outline before I start (even if I change things). :) I also need to have a schedule. Thanks for sharing your writing process with us.
    ~Jess

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    1. I wish I could outline, Jess, and sometimes I jot down ideas of what will happen in the story, but it seldom turns out that way. So I just start writing and see what happens. I think with an outline I'd work faster instead of being so slow. :)

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  6. Beverly, I enjoyed seeing your writing space. It looks very efficient and pleasant. I think it's a great idea that you write down your writing goals each day. That is something I should follow you in doing. Excellent post! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Susan. Good luck with your goals. :) You're welcome.

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