Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday Fricassee

Happy Friday!

My apologies for the lack of bloggage this week. Other than the very fun interview with Denise Jaden (which was completed weeks ago), I haven't said much.

Okay, I haven't said anything. But I've been hard at work behind the scenes, preparing a Very Special Fun Thing for December.

That's all I'm saying. More in the weeks to come.

*big, evil grin*

Taking into consideration that I might be easily amazed, I find that I amazed myself yesterday. I worked on two novels in one sitting. And it WORKED.

Mind you, I wasn't writing. I was storyboarding. Lots of thinking, lots of reading Scrivener note cards, lots of bullet listing of scenes. Rearranging, eliminating, and--gasp--creating new ones WITHOUT HAVING WRITTEN THEM.

For me, that's just...odd. But having a story framework already in place made it easier.

They are two vastly different projects. One is my shiny-new, just-hit-40K-on-Wednesday WIP. The other is a completed work that's getting a huge overhaul.

I haven't "arrived" or anything (do we ever?), but I feel like I hit a milestone yesterday. So many of you were SO GRACIOUS to offer your advice to me a little over a month ago on how to tackle two things at once.

For a while, I simply couldn't do it. I went with my gut and focused solely on my WIP. And it was the right thing to do, because I wasn't ready to tackle the Huge Revision. Didn't have the vision for it. Not clearly. Not even through a dim haze.

Now, I've got it. And if I could just learn to exist on four hours of sleep, I could continue to work on both with equal gusto.

Instead, I will most likely be revisiting your comments about choosing play lists and taking a break between projects in order to "switch mindsets." I remain so grateful for everything you pour into this community!

And you know how, after a real writing high, you don't want to do ANYTHING else but write the next day? That would be me, today.

Alas. Life doesn't work that way.

But hey! Let's all dream that some day it WILL. Oh, to live our passion! Gives me shivers, just thinking about it.



  1. "completed work that's getting a huge overhaul"

    That's me as well, right now. If only I could figure out the blasted opening, I'm sure I'd be off & running.

  2. "I was storyboarding. Lots of thinking, lots of reading Scrivener note cards, lots of bullet listing of scenes. Rearranging, eliminating, and--gasp--creating new ones WITHOUT HAVING WRITTEN THEM."

    You better watch out, Authoress. It sounds like you're turning into one of us...

    --Your Friendly Neighborhood Outliners:)

  3. LOL Krista! Holly Bodger said that yesterday. I will fight to defend my pantserness to the end! ;D

  4. For the last two weeks I've been working on the rough draft of two different projects. During the week, I alternate - Monday is Project 1, Tuesday is Project 2, etc. On the weekend days, I'll work on one project in the a.m. and a different one in the afternoon. It's crazy exciting and a bit confusing, but . . . loving it.

    Congrats on your efforts!

  5. That interview was FANTASTIC!

    You're a wonder: blogging, interviewing, planning, writing!

  6. Happy Friday!! Hope you have a great weekend.

  7. The interview was great. I ordered the book right after reading it. Okay, I had already planned to buy the book, I just did it a little sooner than expected.

    Can't wait to see what you have planned for December. :D

  8. Can't wait to see what's happening in December!

    I'm glad you're working both projects at the same time. I think it would drive me insane.

    I also recently had a writing high, but it was immediately followed by a crash. Is that what happened to you to?

    Good luck ;-)

  9. Not this time, no, but it has certainly happened to me in the past! The bipolar aspect of writing is one of the stinkier parts, to be sure.

  10. I'm on that writer's high right now--had a GREAT writing day yesterday & can't wait to dive in today. Gave myself an hour to try and catch up with the kazillion posts on my Google Reader that I ignored yesterday and Friday...and time's almost up.

    It's WRITING TIME!! Yippie skippy!

  11. Two projects at once - I may just have to try that! I don't know if I have enough energy though. I may try to operate on four hours of sleep. That'd be funny (for others)! Looking forward to seeing what comes up in December.