Monday, January 17, 2011

Writing a word

Lately, The Sweater Curse has been demanding a lot of my time. Because I believe in the quality of this work, I've happily allowed it to fill my day.


Yesterday, however, my WIP (work in progress) demanded my attention.


Each writer creates in their own way.


Sometimes I write in free hand and fill several pages of a journal.


Other times, like yesterday, I work on the computer and dissect each chapter scene-by-scene, word-by-word. Reading over each scene, I add more and more detail so that the reader will be able to fully experience the story. As I read, I ask is the writing clear? Should a word be deleted or added? A paragraph? A scene? It's painstaking work. Progress is slow.


"How slow?" you ask.


Here's a month of work


December, 2010


day 17-- 21, 307 words


day 20--22,456 words


day 30--22,728 words


January, 2011


day 17--22,895 words


Slow--yes, but I will continue to write at my Muse's pace. It isn't about sped--it's about quality.

However, that said, one thing I hope to amend--divide my time equally between The Sweater Curse and my WIP. Obstacle: I don't like to empose restricts on my work.

Here is the last new sentence I added...

'My back slammed into the seat, my head fell onto the headrest, I stared at the ceiling as I mumbled a silent prayer--Please I don't want to die'


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Today

Rachel Firasek blog (http://www.rachelfirasek.com/apps/blog/), Rachel interviews Michelle Miles. They discuss, among other things, how Michelle writes.
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Joanna Penn writes about 'Honesty and Bravery In Writing', on her blog (
http://www.thecreativepenn.com)
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Elizabeth Spann Craig writes about 'Editing Made Easy (or at least easier)' on her blog (http://mysterywritingismurder.blogspot.com)
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Jane Mulberry writes about 'The Incredible Multitasking Woman' and her attmepts to carve out writing time http://sevensassysisters.com

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Next post: The first installment of my serialized author reading of

The Sweater Curse (podcast)

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