Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Joys of Writing

Hi everyone, this week I'm going to be discussing my writing and how it's going. I have had quite a few joys recently. It's very special when you really feel connected to your manuscript's plot and characters. Recently I've had cases when I would work on a manuscript that I've been trying to finish, that has actually had some editor feedback, but as much as I try, I just hit a wall when I try to work on it. I even tried working on another novel that I had started just a couple of thousand words on, but it as well was like hitting a wall. I just couldn't break through and work on it.

Then, I started working on a novel that's been very special to me, but that had kind of blocked a couple of years ago. With that novel, it's flowing like melted butter. The characters are strong in my head and I can really empathize with them. I was working on a scene a few days ago that was pretty serious and heartbreaking for the heroine, and I started crying because she was going through a really hard time.

Really, those are the moments when I know I'm on track. I really like the other novels as well, but this one is taking precedent in my mind right now. It has kind of pushed itself out there so I would work on it rather than the other two. How about you? Have you had any times when you just feel the pulled to a novel that's really grappling for your attention?

Let me know! I'd love to hear what you have to say.

4 deadly screams:

Molly Daniels said...

I like the ones where I'm on a roll, and each time I sit down to work on it, the words just flow. They don't need to be dragged kicking and screaming from my head.

Sarah Mäkelä said...

Hi Molly! I so agree! I love those, too. It's really great experiencing that now with this novel. I just sit down and the ideas and scenes come to me like I already knew they were supposed to be there. And maybe my subconscious already does know! =)

Thanks for sharing.

Molly Daniels said...

Since that's not happened to me since July, I hope I'm not spending NaNo writing a bunch of fluff, waiting for my characters to return from their extended 'vacation':)

So far all I've done is write one scene; start 4 new wips; write 2 essays; daily blogging. Hell, I need a change of venue. Oh wait...I'm leaving town this weekend. But won't have any time to write, unless I give up sleeping!

Gracen Miller said...

I'm in the same boat as Molly. :-( I'm blogging every Friday, but I'm not writing during the week. I'll open the wip and stare at it for an hour, re-read passages for another hour and then shut it off because my muse is off on an extended vacation somewhere or has gone on strike for some misconceived infraction against her. She's not even texting me from where ever she is. That has me feeling like I'm lost at sea.

But the idylic memory of being in sync with my muse, the characters and it practically writing itself...ah...such wonderful, sweet, blissful, peaceful memories. *starts blubbering* I miss my muse's chatter.

What frustrates me is, I was at a funeral yesterday and ideas were suddenly popping into my head to add to my current wip. Yeah, I know bizarre. I was half wondering if the spirits in the graveyard were providing me with the inspiration. But when I get home, all I could do was stare at the computer screen, while needing to prop my eyes open with toothpicks to stay awake. Today, I have a million things that have to get done before I can sit down and actually try to put two words together. Life has come between me and writing too much lately. I think that's half the battle and a large part of the problem.

I'm happy for you, Sarah. Seriously, I am. But can you get your muse to have a heart-to-heart talk to my muse? Encourage her into coming back? Would it be too much to ask your muse to talk to Molly's too? It's for the good of fellow authors. ;-)