Each year I run through a hailstorm of emotions as I prepare to write the novel. Mostly, I ignore any preparation. One year I tried writing an outline. It was useless after the first few words. So, I just go. I’m a “by the seat of my pants” (pantser) writer. At least for novels.
There is always that quiet voice about a week before I begin saying, “I’m not writing a novel this year.” That doesn’t last. When November 1st arrives, I will be writing with everyone else. Last year it was 640,000 other writers. Probably more this year.
Looking forward to taking this imagination vacation when I’ll get all those words, ideas, characters, plot, sub-plot, destinations, and stuff out of my head.
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End of Summer Holidays
The traditional end of summer is coming up—nominally August 2nd. Also known as Lughnasa or First Harvest, celebrated this year on July 31st. It is the beginning of bounty and plenty which lasts until the end of fall.
For the rest of us semi-pagans, it’s the second full moon of the month or Blue Moon. There are plenty of those celebrations happening, too. (Here’s one.) Ramadan just finished up with Eid (the big feast after the fast) on the new moon that will be bringing us this full moon.
I completed the 100 Happy Days challenge on April 15th. Each day I posted a photo of the first thing to bring on that happy feeling. My rule was no repeats. I could have used Instagram or Facebook. Instead of blowing up a feed, I created a specific tumblr. Find out more about the 100 Happy Days challenge. They make you a free book as a bonus.
I’m contemplating purchasing a membership in AutoCrit. The agony comes from knowing once I buy it, I’ll have to use it. I have a novel all picked out—one I’ve already published. All part of my 20-year plan to finally finish up my great unpublished novel Cosmic Control: Bronwen’s First Age. AutoCrit offers automated language editing showing you overused words, poor adjectives, and weak constructions, to name a few. Almost like a self-tutored editing class.
Thought of the Month
To sit patiently with a yearning that has not yet been fulfilled, and to trust that fulfillment will come, is quite possibly one of the most powerful magic skills that human beings are capable of. It has been noted by almost every ancient wisdom tradition. —Elizabeth Gilbert
One of the entries of my 100 Happy Days blog describes novel editing. Chiefly because I have found this book that encourages me to write through the challenges of ignorance, emptiness, and doubt. Other editing books talk about cutting and hashing and improving grammar. All fairly useless to me because I am terse and make vast unconscious assumptions about the reader. I need to add writing to clarify (to myself as well as the reader) what the heck is happening.
Editing was moving along great while I visited my mother. I edited during her regular afternoon nap. Then “life happened” during the weekend I visited my son and his family where there is no napping. After that, I was preparing to return home. Back at home, I spent time settling in while attempting to see the future and make plans for a move.
Today, I will head out to the library and resume editing in a serious environment. I’ve had a lot of time to contemplate my editing process and understand more fully how I rely on daily motivation and encouragement (which I am getting from this book). Even if I don’t follow the day’s advice, I still get going and words get edited. Looking forward to one day finishing up The Unicorn Rescue and moving on to the real novel in my life.