HAPPY LAST DAY OF JANUARY!
Who, me? Eagerly waving the month good bye? I'm sure I'm not the only one. It's been COLD. And it's going to STILL BE COLD in February. So at least I can say that I'm halfway through the coldest months.
First, some thanks:
THANK YOU for your comments last week on why your characters are real. It's always so intriguing to read these lovely peeks inside other writers' brains.
THANK YOU for your critiques this week. There are certain names that appear over and over again in my inbox, evidence of faithful critique (Barbara! Stephsco! And others!). On behalf of the writers whom you're blessing with your time and talent, many thanks.
Next, some more chatter:
I have been struggling these weeks with the creative process of starting a new story. As in, I feel unproductive if I don't have a word count. And you know there's an awful lot of UN-writing that goes on during the planning stage; lots of research and staring and thinking and staring and scribbling notes and staring and--have I mentioned the staring?
So what does your creative process look like when you've got a fresh idea? How do you worldbuild? Do you struggle with feeling like you're doing nothing, when actually your brain is in overdrive? Are you satisfied to be in the thinking/planning/doodling stage, or do you long to dive in and actually WRITE?
And do you drive your loved ones crazy? (Just saying...)
I'm thinking it might help if those of us in these early stages know that there are others in the same part of the process. That we're not, yanno, staring alone into space. So please do share!
AND ONE MORE THING:
I have one slot in February for a Premiere Critique (75 pages). I'll announce this next week UNLESS someone grabs it now. Details HERE.
Happy First Weekend of February!