Monday, September 6, 2010
This is my first day of writing ‘morning pages’. I read The Artist’s Way when I took my break in August and I found it enlightening. But I should let you know that I’m already doing it wrong by typing it out on my laptop instead of writing it long hand but, dammit, long hand takes too long. My thoughts get ahead of my fingers and I forget what I was about to say.
What was I saying?
Oh, right. Morning pages.
I do like the idea of dumping all of my miscellaneous thoughts here before starting on any sort of writing project. Hopefully, it will help me iron out my goals for the day and make more head way instead of writing about three or four hundred words a day. I would like to be more productive like I was when I first wrote Beattitudes, LoveWanderLust, Her Haberdashery (now In Her Closet) and The Undoing of Langston Black. I was also very productive while writing the first draft of The Rook in Twilight, writing about 2k a day (or at least one or two chapters). That is the book that I am trying to rewrite now. I also am in the process of beefing up UofLB. That is coming along nicely. I’ve already added another 2k to the original 8k and all of it is strengthening the story. I previously self-pubbed LWL but, I have since unpublished it because I still see a lot of weaknesses in the plot. Not to mention a lot of spelling and grammatical errors that I missed in previous edits. I plan to edit that before the end of the week and repub ASAP! I also want to self pub UofLB.
I’m doing a lot of research for what feels like a series branching off of The Rook in Twilight. I’m learning some things about Vodou, Haitian Vodou in particular, that will make the storyline stronger. But the more research that I do, it seems that there is still more to do. I honestly don’t know if I should just get started revising the book that I have and leave the research for the next few books (because that is primarily where the Vodou and magic and shapeshifting will be happening). My goal is to have this rewritten, edited and ready to submit by the end of the month. I don’t think it’s an impossible goal. I’ve written a book from scratch and edited a book before. But for some reason, I’m having a hard time getting started on this project. Is it stage fright? I know that I have this added pressure (self-inflicted) of doing this right. The book that I wrote before is strong but it could be stronger. Also, it was in shifting 1st pov. I’m still struggling with the idea of making it third deep for each character. Honestly, the first person works better for me when I read the story but, I know that a lot of editors and publishers don’t really care for this style of writing. But pulling back and doing it in 3rd makes the story seem stilted to me. Does that mean I should just write it the way it was written at first? I dunno.
Anyway, that’s all I have for today. I was trying to keep this entry under 500 words. I’m at 525 now. I’m not sure if I’ll be posting all of my ‘morning pages’ here but, it seems like a good way to keep me honest and it’s also a way to ensure that I blog daily (which we all know I have a problem with). We’ll see how it goes.