Thursday, September 13, 2007

Having Something Brilliant to Say

Today is one of those weeks where Thursday slipped up on me. My parents are visiting from Kentucky. We haven’t seen them for a few months, so it’s been a great visit.

Normally, though, I ruminate all week about what I want to write. Then I sit down Wednesday evening and start to write. Yesterday, I spent the late afternoon shopping with my mother. Then we took my parents to Wednesday activities at church. Then we spent the rest of the evening watching TV together and talking while my mom put the finishing touches on a dress she was making for my daughter.

Before I knew it, I was falling asleep on the couch and had to drag myself off to bed. As I was moving that direction, I remembered the blog. Uh oh. Guess I’ll have to do it in the morning.

So here I sit with my coffee, knowing that it’s time to come up with something brilliant to write before I rush to get ready to arrive at school in time for my 8:00 class.

It reminds me of every time I hit chapter five in a WIP.

Do those of you who are writers ever do that? Get past your first big turning point in the story, breathe a sigh of relief that you’ve gotten your characters into a nice bit of trouble, then stare at the screen thinking, what on earth is going to happen now?

I’ve done it on every single manuscript. So now I know to plan for it.

I force myself to go ahead and write even if it’s not brilliant. (And it’s usually not.) It’s usually that point in the book where I end up cutting or merging scenes. It’s often where I find I have a scene that needs to be moved closer to the end of the story because I’m putting an end to some conflict too soon. (Can’t stand conflict in real life, so tend to start lollygagging along with nice things happening.)

So here I am at, well, nearly 7 am, putting something on paper. And I’m out of time. And it’s not brilliant. But I don’t think I’ll have to cut it or move it to the end of any story. :) I’ll just tell you I’ve learned to plan for those times in my novel writing where I get stuck. I spend some time brainstorming. I pull out Carolyn Greene’s Plotting Notebook and try to find plot ideas that go along with each block on her Magic Conflict chart. And I push ahead.

I’m nearly done reading my first draft of my recently completed WIP. And I actually found that chapter five wasn’t too bad. So you never know. Sometimes you might actually write something you like when you least expect it. :)



  1. So you never know. Sometimes you might actually write something you like when you least expect it. :)

    Ahh-Missy. This was a nice post. I'm glad you're having a nice visit with your parents. Enjoy and when can I read your book?

  2. Ruminate ? Oh yea Lindi, you ARE awke too ! C'mon guys, I try to give a "laymens" respective to your theories.....but give me a break,.........

  3. Missy,
    I think your post is pretty good, even if you didn't plan it ahead. Glad you're having a good visit with your family. Your mom was so sweet when I met her at GRW ~ just like you.

    You've brought up a problem I think everyone has. Novel's going good then you hit a blank screen. And that's the hardest thing for me, is to write something even though I know it's not going to work or it stinks!

    But I always need the reminder!

  4. Chapter five, huh? Whew! I'm so glad it's not just me. And I can relate to what you mean about conflict. I don't want to throw rocks at my characters. I want them to have a nice relaxing ride. After all, it is fiction. Right?

  5. LOL, Wendy! (I assume that's you as anonymous.) :)

    Ruminate: Like a cow chewing it's cud. I thought that would be laymen's terms! :) But I guess you're not a farmer. :)

    Ooh, just found a good definition in my dictionary: rechew, masticate, regurgitate.

    How's that for graphic? LOL


  6. Mindy, I just realized what you said. LOL YOu're right. REal life has conflict, so our fiction should be the ideal, shouldn't it? No conflict, just lots of romance and a happy ending. :)