I know I've already said this, but I'm just so blown away by the level of thoughtfulness and seriousness of intent in the vast majority of the queries I've received for our Query Quagmire. I'll be spending part of this weekend making my final decisions and getting the posts ready for next Tuesday. (Please note that there will be no email notifications. You will know yours was chosen if you see it appear on the blog on Tuesday morning.)
I haven't done a Friday Fricassee in a while, but today felt ripe for one. Not that I have anything particularly pressing or earth-shattering to say, but simply because this has been a connection point for me (for us!), and I wanted to return to it.
My writing life right now consists of a) waiting for news (isn't this almost always the case?) and b) painstakingly combing through a manuscript while blank-paging it (that is, rewriting word for word in a new document) in order to give it new life and a trimmer figure. I got all the way up to chapter 28 doing a regular revision, when suddenly I felt stuck. I also felt a sort of inexplicable hatred for the thing, which didn't make sense, because this is a couple-years-old project that I love and believe in.
So I did what any (in)sane writer would do--I started over. Scrivener is magical and wondrous to behold--it's simply a matter of splitting the screen horizontally and having the old version in the upper window while typing the new version below. (My love for Scrivener knows no bounds!) It's quite a high, flying through those staying-intact passages at my superhero typing speed, but I do have to continually slow myself down and really listen to--taste--feel the words, to make sure I actually want to keep them. It's actually much easier to slash and kill them this way, and I'm happily watching my word count shrink as the writing becomes (hopefully) tighter and more compelling.
I'm also toying around with an teeny-tiny idea or two for new stories. Ideas come slowly to me, and I need to let them percolate for a while. (And one of them came from something quite macabre that I stumbled upon yesterday while searching the net for something completely unrelated.)
I sometimes envy those of you with a huge cache of story ideas waiting to burst forth from your fingers. I know we can't all be that sort of prolific idea person (and I'm thankful to be an implementer, at any rate, since it means I always finish what I start), but, dang--it would be nice to not have to wait so long and try so hard to get those new story seeds to germinate.
Are you a hundred-ideas-a-person day? Or do your ideas come sparsely and slowly? I'd love to get an idea of where I fit into the grand scheme of things among our community here. Our diversity is part of our beauty, so please do share a bit of yourselves in today's comment box. I LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. Solidarity keeps us strong!
Have a wonderful weekend--and I'll see you on Tuesday for Query Quagmire!