Long time, no blog. I know, I know, I’ve been slackin’. Well, not really, since I’ve still been getting my daily word count in. I just haven’t been doing it with blog posts. Right now, I’m working on a couple of WIPs, but one has taken precedence over the others because of what has been inspiring me lately.
Some days, I walk away from my computer feeling bummed out at how little I was able to accomplish, or how unhappy I am with what I’ve written. The story won’t be moving in the right direction, which is something I feel intuitively, even though I’m following my own outline for it. Something about the way the characters are interacting, or their other behavior tells me that everything I planned for them won’t work and I’ll have to either create all new characters (a difficult prospect at that point, since they’ve become real in my mind), or I’ll have to replot the entire story.
In both cases, it often means starting from scratch, even if I’m already 20K words in (or even completely finished with the entire manuscript!) I’ve done this far too many times in the past, which makes me feel like I’m spinning my wheels and getting nothing done. It’s definitely a set-back.
On other days, I feel really, REALLY good about where the story is heading, and I’m disappointed that I have to walk away from the computer, because my mind is full of ideas. Today was one of those wonderful days. Even though I stopped working at 1800 words, I feel very pleased with where the story is going, and I’m loving the characters.
Of course, that could change tomorrow, and often does. Though I try to pre-plan with something of an outline, even if it’s only a phrase or two per major plot point, I often have to change things based on how my characters are developing. There are some things that are just out of character for how I’ve written them, so I have to rethink those elements. Instinct takes over and I follow what “feels” right, rather than what I thought I’d wanted for them.
I have a love-hate relationship with the creative process. I tend to become wholly invested in the story, which leads to emotional highs and lows when I’m working on it. The editing and revision process is much calmer for me, and I can’t wait until that first draft is done and I can begin the sometimes tedious work of polishing it up.
There are days when I feel like I should dust off one of my discarded manuscripts and polish those up to publish instead of working on new WIPs, but I also want to see the culmination of some of my series, so I continue work while the inspiration for those series are still fresh in my mind.
Right now, that’s a good thing. I’m very excited about my current WIP. I think it’s shaping up quite nicely. I’d love to share more details about it here, but I don’t want to commit myself yet, as things often change during the process.
Hopefully, I’ll have more specific news about my current work in progress for you soon, but until then, I just wanted to let you know, I’m still here, and I’m busily working on the my next story.