I’m roughly a third of the way into my current work in progress, nicknamed WIP2.
I really enjoyed writing the beginning. I felt like an utter genius, writing down all the scenes that zipped inside my head. Truly, I couldn’t write fast enough, and those who paid attention to my Twitter timeline knows I barely slept throughout the month of July.
I was ok with not sleeping. I had a goal. I knew that my paythebills job would be time consuming throughout August, so I wanted to write down as much of the story as possible.
Well, here I am now, after all the Stuff from my paythebills job has gone away (for the moment), and trying to get back into my writerly groove as before.
Hate to admit it, but I’m not there anymore. Nothing seems to be grooving together. My writing is awkward and cringe-tastic. Scenes aren’t making sense. As I’m writing them, I can feel how horrible they are and know that they won’t find themselves in the story AT ALL.
And…my body is ACTUALLY making me sleep. No joke. Like last night. I sat down to write on my laptop for a bit after dinner, and I literally fell asleep right there. (And, no, it wasn’t my writing that put me to sleep. I didn’t even get a chance to open my document!) Anyway, it was all rather surprising for this write-through-the-night writer.
Oh, but I long to get back into that writerly groove again! The feeling of my fingers flying over my keyboard, of my heart pounding because, yes, this scene makes so much sense, of laughing at how ridiculous my MC can be…I want to feel that again.
So, I’m reminding myself of some of the helpful things that I’ve done previously to get me this far.
First, I promised myself that no idea is stupid. Any fleeting thought or terminology that I think could be useful, I incorporated it into my story. I free wrote a little bit to see where the idea will take me, and paused for a moment here and there to check a few facts. Then, I re-read what I wrote, and smoothed out any rough spots.
Second, I told myself that no idea is sacred. Even if that idea, item, thing had a fixed meaning in this world, in my universe, I could do whatever I wanted with that idea. That way, I didn’t feel so trapped, and enjoyed the full range of possibilities that an idea sparked in my brain. (My brain elves had absolute free reign!)
Third, I loosely plotted out what the next logical steps would be through my MC’s perspective. I thought about any potential obstacles that may come up, and what MC would do to get around the obstacle and to the goal.
And then, of course, I wrote it all out.
Writing what worked makes the process look SO easy. But the major obstacle for me at the moment is my own fear of failure, and my desire to get the story just right, right away. I hate writing scenes that I know will never see the light of day. And, what’s especially annoying is that I know that writing them is all a part of the process.
Or, as Melissa, my wise crit partner told me today:
“Sometimes you just have to keep going and any of the rubbish that turns out lining your recycle bin will have brought you one step closer to understanding your characters, their wants, needs, etc…All you’re doing is finding the paths that don’t work. This is just as important as finding the ones that do.”
(Sigh, I LOVE my crit partner! Especially since she’d be the first to tell me what’s not working ^_^).
Melissa also referred me to Laini Taylor’s blog…I’m pretty sure she meant THIS article when she referred me to it!
Ok, enough philosophizing about writing. My personal deadline for WIP2 is September 30. I will need to write four pages a day to reach my goal. Time to make it happen.
13 thoughts on “My Writing Groove”
Sounds like you worked your way through it in a way that was just right for you. Good luck with your personal goal! Fellow campaigner here.
Thanks for the well wishes! I look forward to following you on the campaign!
Hi Liza! I’m a fellow campaigner in your dystopia group, just dropping by to say hello!
I love this post by the way, and good luck with the WIP.
Heehee, that sounds funny…”dystopia group”…sounds like we’re about to start a ruckus! 😀
Thanks for the well wishes, and I’ll see you around the campaign!
Ah! It actually WAS the first link I gave you once I went back & reread. But this one works just as well 🙂
http://lainitaylor.blogspot.com/2011/08/my-two-daughters.html was the one I was referring to. It’s near the bottom, but she talks about her process and how it can be frustrating. Read it. Really.
Ha! Well, I loved BOTH of those blogposts, so I won twice over with the writerly education and encouragement!
Thanks crit partner! 😀
Hope you find the groove again soon! I know how important that can be. I normally hit it around the 10K mark of my novel (so I am still a little while from that just yet!). Laini’s blog is a good one 🙂 sounds like you were directed to it at just the right time.
Yes I have! I MADE myself stay at my computer until I finally found my pace again. Still a little rocky, but I enjoyed feeling my brain elves tinkering with new ideas again…it’s been too long!
Keep on going! NO writer writes perfect drafts the first go-through. That’s what revision is for. Just worry about getting it down right now, and polish and arrange it later. 🙂
Yes! I just needed to get reacquainted with this story to get over that obstacle at first. But, thankfully, I’m gaining headway again! Thanks so much for stopping by!
You can do it, Liza! There are constant ups and downs. I try to remember when I’m in a writing down that I never stay there permanently. Sometimes I have to pull myself up, sometimes I just have to wait for that slump to pass. It always does…just not as quickly as I’d like. You are very lucky to have Melissa to help you get there:)
Thanks Michele! And yes, I have to remember that the slumps don’t tend to last long. I was just so happy and “with” this story, that it was disheartening to be slumpish with it 😉