Congratulations Mrs. Pierce, you have just COMPLETED your novel, Quiet, with an additional 50,000 word challenge with http://nanowrimo.org online writing community. After all of the late nights of writing and pressing on tirelessly, even when you thought you wasn’t going to make it, how will you top that?
If I could, I would be going to Disney World but since that’s not on the itinerary, I’m going to my living room and relax with a good book and get geared up for my next challenge.
And your next challenge is?
To revise my novel, Atypical Woman.
Folks, you heard it here first, a good book and a new challenge sounds better than Disney World to me. DISCLAIMER: Only sounds good because I too am a writer.
A little fun from the…
Voice Of A Writer.
…is definitely the rewrite.
There’s not a whole lot of fun involved in fighting and cajoling your characters into behaving
write I mean ‘right’ on page. Sometimes they barely want to speak or do things according to your rules/philosphy/hopes/whatever…. in other words, it can be tough getting them to do what you – get this – thought you wanted them to do. As my fellow writers out here know, writing is sort of like driving a car with little-to-no power steering; it will make a new path all on it’s own if you don’t force your will.
But, hooray! The rewrite straightens out that horribly obstinate, meddlesome cast member and the boring, nondescript imagery. It’ll make that conversation far more intriguing than anything you’ve ever observed in your entire life! And suspense is not really suspense until your palms are sweaty and your heart is thumping wildly. The draft may get the gist of it, but the rewrite perfectly captures it and delivers scenes that convinces your reader to the hilt.
So, as I wind up my novel, Quiet, I salivate over the promise of meeting it again down the road, from a fresh and objective point of view. This time I’ll be holding my finger near the delete button and armed with more choice ways of showing, speaking, and revealing it’s imaginary world.
In the world of writing, for many, the rewrite is where the real fun begins.
A musing from the…
Voice Of A Writer
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Oh, how they evolve and take on a life of their own; becoming more – and less, for that matter. Literary characters are a lot like real flesh and blood counterparts — never know what to anticipate.
How I thank God for giving me an idea, a keyboard and the desire to write!
Happy Writing from the…
Voice Of A Writer.
The novel I am currently working on is entitled Quiet. My main character, Quincy Avalee has decided to no longer utter a single word. In fact she will not speak until twenty years later.
Her vow started in response to an aunt’s indiscretion but has grown into much, much more. It is her mantra, her means of connecting with the larger things of life and disconnecting with the small.
Quincy has stopped speaking to me as well. She is a very complex character and getting her story out, onto the page lately, has been a heart wrenching struggle, much like pulling teeth.
But as stubborn and strong willed as Quincy has proven to be, she has met her match. I will not give in and allow her story to go untold nor unexplored, it’s way too enriching. I shall continue to dig into the recesses of this imaginary person’s mind and get her truth out. It is incredible to me that even I, her very own creator, would have to endure the quietness of her tongue.
Ishmael Reed said ‘writin’ is fightin’. I must admit, there’s a rumble going on at my keyboard! And when it’s over, I’ll have my novel and Quincy will have a very special gift from yours truly – her very own story.
Hard fought words from the…
Voice Of A Writer
Listen to my interview on “Doin the Do”. I discuss the inspiration for my essay on Going for Gratitude.
My fellow writers, artist, aspiring entrepreneurs, risk takers, go-getters and out of the box movers and shakers: I know that we all find ourselves discouraged from time to time on the journey. After all it’s no wonder that over the centuries, artists have been known to be deeply depressed in addition to being profoundly talented.
The same source that produces talent makes room for the unpleasant too. It is us (referring to the aforementioned) who (through the grace of God) take it and make it the pleasantries for the masses to enjoy, appreciate and understand. Until they do – – the world simply does not fully appreciate what we have to offer.
Did the world appreciate Steve Jobs when he was a ‘whiz kid’ building computers and programs in his parents’ basement? How about the multitude of others who are now well-known or well-appreciated that make up and empower our world… our lives. Before they were ‘known’, before that big break or groundswell… was there room for disappointment and discouragement in their lives?
Sure it was. That is universally how life runs it’s course: ebb and flow, ups and downs, rain and sunshine. No one is immune.
However, for the artist or the square peg it is sometimes particularly more pronounced. Lack of empathy or camaraderie or even guilt may overshadow the internal pain of discouragement and blow it out of control and for some, become depression.
Borrowing from scripture, I say: take heart… Jesus has overcome the world!
Be grateful. Take hold of your faith and allow it to overcome the present disappointments. Emphasize the good that your uniqueness has gifted you with and dismiss negative thinking. Thinking/believing/living in this manner is how gratitude really looks. Persevering is the antidote to discouragement. Persevering is gratitude in action.
Go. For. GRATITUDE.
Thought-to-Finish/Conception-to-Completion – A writer’s journey: