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Back from vacation this week. I flew back Monday and collapsed, so that was still technically a vacation day. Tuesday, I just took it easy, getting back into my morning exercise routine but not morning pages. I did do three days of morning pages starting on Wednesday. I thought it was going to be more difficult than it ended up being. When I sat down on Tuesday and pulled up my neglected writing projects, the new story seemed very far away. I hadn't morning-paged since the 19th. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to jump in cold first thing in the morning when my brain was still fuzzy. But I guess that's the beauty of free writing, you can kind of ramble a bit until your brain does connect to what you're writing and something starts to flow.

I think, though, that some of my resistance to the morning pages was a growing desire for more structure in my story efforts. I started out last winter trying to approach it in a relatively structured way, creating a preliminary outline and writing real "scenes" and getting bogged down fairly quickly with uninspired and uninteresting stuff, or depending too much on a story I had written ten years ago. It was only after I allowed my work on the story to amount to ten minutes a day of free writing that I started to make any real progress on it, and had genuinely fresh ideas occur to me. Now, although it bears a good resemblance to my '99 story, it has new characters and a rather different mythology and I have, technically, enough material for a book series, if I wanted to get that ambitious.

So now I think I'm going to transition away from the morning pages and start cobbling together an actual outline. It's a bit early according to my timeline (writing in November after TD is out the door), but you have to go with the "flow," and I think the flow's moving towards writing.

I think.


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Jul. 4th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
See, this is the reason I could have never become a real writer. It needs too much patience. You have to first take time for free writing, and you must not push stubbornly ahead. Let the story grow. Do actual outlines, be organized and spend time sitting down *actually* writing. Then revising and editing. It's hard work and it requires endurance.

My very short writing career was based on images or feelings I got in my head that I blurted out on the paper and that's it. When the images stopped, ergo stopped my writing. I didn't even have patience for a plot to develop. :)
Jul. 4th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
For me, it's an obsessive reflex, like eating, or urinating or something.
Jul. 4th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
Yay. I'm glad you are feeling that.

Jul. 4th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
And yet...I seem to just be working on TD this weekend.

Which is OK. I need to get the thing done!
Jul. 5th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
I've got no advice to give, but good luck!
Jul. 5th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
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