Saturday, October 3, 2009

A Fresh Start

Jenn here. I'm stuck in the Regency period, talking like them, thinking like them, and I would be dressing like them if I thought I could get away with it. I can understand how actors and actresses need to "role play" to get into their characters. If only I could go visit my sister and her baby today in my horse and carriage rather than in my car. The October weather is perfect, not too hot, not too cold, but sunny and beautiful.

My new title is, "A Season of Atonement". Does that sound intriguing? I've labored over a number of titles in the last week. After testing several of them, this one finally "feels right".

I've finished the first chapter and now I'm itching to go back over it and layer in the sensory details and make the surroundings more vivid and rich in detail. But after some recent rejections, I'm languishing and questioning myself. Can I do it? Do I have what it takes? Can I manage what I see so clearly in my mind into my manuscript? We'll see as I labor on.

I love starting a new manuscript with fresh ideas and new characters. I've not ruined it yet. If you are a writer, do you ever feel that way? If you are a reader, I'm sure you can relate your other projects to what I'm talking about. How long will it take me to sidestep in the wrong direction, skip a loop hole in my story, or miss pertinent details because I've worked all day and I'm tired, but it's the only time I have to write, when my brain is fried.

How many of you can relate?


  1. looks to be a good read, I don't think it is a bad idea if American women went back to wearing more clothes, nothing is left to the immanation any more


  2. yes you have what it takes. I'm learning rejections just mean you're one step closer to the right publisher. And I love started new projects - right now I'm stuck. Can't figure out how to get unstuck.

  3. Edna, The Regency dresses are quite intriguing. I'd love to have one made. My new Scottish historical gown will ship out on Monday.

  4. Sarah,

    Thank you for the encouragement. I hope you're able to get past your mental block soon! I hate those writing blocks!

  5. I would love to wear Regency dresses (without the corslets :)). Also, I love starting new stories. I have 10+ unfinished manuscripts but I will get them all finished, if I don't keep starting new stories.

  6. Jenn,
    I too love starting new stories. And I feel like you--I haven't had a chance to ruin them yet! But I am trying to learn to LOVE revising. I'll let you know about that one.
    I love reading historicals and admire anyone who can write them. I just don't think I'm cut out for that.
    Keep writing them so I can have something good to read.