Monday, March 28, 2011
Monday's thoughts on treading water...
I've started a new wip in the wake of my last book being out there on submission to pub houses. That in itself is a nail-biting experience in patience that I'm not known for. LOL. But I have found that the only way to stay sane during that process is to dive into another one.
Sometimes that is difficult. It's kind of like sending your child off to college. Outside your control, outside your choices, all on their own. Doesn't make you quit worrying about them! You worry about them constantly....will they do okay? Will they succeed? Will they fall flat? Will they come back home kicked out of school? LOL.
But in the meantime, you have to go about your own regular life, and that's what I'm doing writing-wise. I see the stages of writing as below...
1) Infatuation and giddiness and this is the best thing since sliced bread. Ideas exploding all over the place. Can't wait to jump in the water!
2) Knee deep and questioning the integrity of the water. It seems to change colors daily, and sometimes is muddy, sometimes looks like KoolAid, and sometimes looks more like quicksand. Plots can't make up their mind.
3) Waist deep and have surpassed the psycho multi-colored levels at the shallower end. Water is blue and clear and making sense. Can actually see the bottom and the end.
4) Neck deep and panicky because the bottom is unlevel and keeps dropping under your feet. Confusion sets in. If you could juuuuussssttttt get to that next step, you just know things will level out.
5) Water level is lowering again, as you reach the other side. You can see the beach, but the current keeps going back and forth so every time you think you're almost there...surprise! Back 20 feet.
6) Rush of waves push you to the end. YAY!!!!
I've been in that psychodelic number 2 place for the last few weeks, where things change by the day, sometimes by the minute. I'm currently going back to rework my beginning since my characters woke up the other day and told me I was doing it all wrong and THIS was how it should be.
And they were right.
So I'm coming out of #2 ( I hope ) and heading toward #3. But not there yet.
Where are you?