Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Picking up where I left off . . .


I had to stop working on this manuscript a few months ago in order to turn to other pressing matters but had set a date of September 1 to continue at full tilt.  In the past month, I've overhauled my office and cleared the decks. Today is September 1 and I'm ready.  Ready!  

I don't normally like to talk about writing because that can get in the way of actually doing the writing. But what you see above are 260 pages of a novel-in-progress. In an earlier blog post, I explained about the different colored pages representing different stages of writing (the earliest, gold ones from May, 2009.)  Usually I can steam ahead for three months at a time, so that batch of gold/blue/green/white /green represents about 15 months for this book so far.

Today I read through all those pages to refresh my memory and re-enter the rhythm of the story.

I'll turn to the computer and open up a new page 261:


And now I will stop talking about writing and actually do it.

Ciao, bellas. . . .

18 comments:

  1. Until now this day has NOT been particularly good. But reading that you are working on a new book definitely improves both my day & my mood in general! Woooooohoooooo! (Ooops. I should be quiet and let you write. I'm backing away now!)

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  2. I feel like I'm getting a chance to watch something special being created. Thank you for sharing, I think a lot of us appreciate your willingness to share the writing process, especially on how to regroup after being on hiatus.

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  3. Oh, is this one in verse or prose?

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  4. Waiting for your novel's appearance....I am also writing down a kind of life journal; too shy to call it 'memoirs'!

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  5. Chapter Sixty-Eight...and such a beautiful typeface...my imagination is whirring as I try to picture what's come before and what will come after.

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  6. Sending the writing Muses to hover. My editor has my book and that leaves me researching the next book. LOVE IT.

    Your mind might wander, it being a Mercury Retrograde phase. Although... the most profound ideas come during these phases, too. Ah, I can hear the sound of your virtual pencil sharpener as I type this.

    I wish you peace (and a plethora of words). Elaine Edelson (Annie's buddy)

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  7. I loved this glimpse into the life of a writer.

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  8. Have at it! Best wishes for a wonderful holiday!

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  9. Oh yes, I love the insight into what makes writers tick, so to speak. I'm intrigued by where, when, how they work. Is there target date for this one? Spring '11? Summer?

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  10. Birdman: good guess! Due date for submission is spring '11. Publication will be Fall '12.

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  11. For me, when I'm talking about writing it means I'm procrastinating. It's the process that is so exciting and fulfilling which you are in the midst of right now. I am excited for you and can't wait to hear and see updates.

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  12. Good luck on the novel. Don't we all go through writer's slump once in a while. Or just get busy with life.

    Thanks for coming by my blog.

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  13. Hey Shutterbug- Here's my take--When I'm talking about writing, in the middle of it, it is part of my process... it tends to help get me through the 'mountains'. It's me. Same with photography, I guess.

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  14. Thanks for all your nice comments today, Sharon. Much appreciated. Hope you're coming along with your writing by now. Writing can be such very hard work. I've not tackled a novel yet...I think I'm getting lazier in my old age!

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  15. You have a blessed talent, good luck, everything will be wonderful tomorrow! :)
    Hugs
    Léia

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