In a 24-hour world like ours, with much to do and less time to do it, what does an aspiring writer, artist, entrepreneur, social media guru, mime (yup, mime) do? How do they decide on attainable goals and then proceed down the road to fulfilling them? How?
Start with the right — then the left….
…absolutely that simple: start with putting one foot in front of the other. That’s what my husband always says. Do the things you can and don’t fret over the things you can’t.
I took his advice and guess what? After working at it all day, I finally got a log line I am pleased to show off for my screenplay, Goodbye Me! I’m going to start with you:
An overworked, self-pitying young mother struggles to keep it together after her husband’s sudden illness. Her life rapidly goes from simply chaotic to a living nightmare after a deceitful new friend’s sneaky stunt forces her to fight for her freedom and her family.
Now, for the next project — the rewriting of one of my novels (oh my goodness!). But wait! One foot in front of the other… Soon I’ll be showing that off, too!
Encouragement for you and me
Voice Of A Writer
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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I had a great experience today while being interviewed on Doing the Do. I had previously talked about my screenplay, Goodbye Me. Today, I talked about an upcoming speaking engagement regarding a topic I’m passionate about, maybe you are too, listen to the show and decide for yourself.
Here is the link to one of my interviews as a guest on the weekly radio program, “Doin’ The Do!” Episode 3