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1562 words this week. Yay me.

I've actually written a lot of words to this story, most of which I still feel will never end up in the actual first draft. I'm still unfocused, not sure what I really want to say. Aware of this frustration, I went to a writing workshop last night at Changing Hands bookstore. It was a spontaneous decision based on the description of the workshop, which was about "finding your voice." I've taken workshops on that topic before, and I'm pretty aware of techniques for helping you determine what you really want to say in your writing, and express it in your own unique way. And yet I still struggle with it, so I thought I'd hear what some who wasn't my old writer's voice teacher had to say about it.

The speaker said something I already knew, which was you often won't know what you're trying to say until you're done the first (or second or third) draft. Which I trust in, as it has happened to me before, but in the mean time, you have to find another motivation other than passion for your "point" to keep you returning to the story.

She didn't delve a lot into techniques themselves since she was allowing the attendees to set the agenda, but she said enough that she sold me her book, which is, I suppose, what her purpose there was. I'll see if the book has anything insightful to say.

In other writing news, I took anneth's suggestion and posted a "wanted" post on Etsy.com looking for illustrators. I got several replies, and since all of them made reasonable bids in the same ballpark, I am entertaining multiple preliminary sketches. It makes me feel like I'm "doing something already" with this old story, and that feels like a relief of something that's been hanging over my head for a long time.

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cornerofmadness
Apr. 9th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
yay to the writing.

you'll have to let us know how the book is (and what book it is), sounds interesting
masqthephlsphr
Apr. 9th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
This is the book:

http://www.changinghands.com/book/9781590307960

I hope it is useful. Haven't opened it yet, but she read the intro last night and it really hit home.
cornerofmadness
Apr. 9th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
it looks interesting
masqthephlsphr
Apr. 9th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
Given what I've been struggling with, it really does.
anneth
Apr. 9th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
Hey, that's fantastic! I'm glad I could be of some help - hope someone pans out for you!
masqthephlsphr
Apr. 9th, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
Of course, now I've got five or six replies and having jumped on the first couple, I see even more talented folks writing me now. And of course I write them back because I want the best end result. I just hope they aren't expecting to get paid for submitting a preliminary sketch.
scrollgirl
Apr. 9th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, I intended to comment on the artists post, but got distracted. The only artist I know is glockgal (her art LJ is glockart). She's fantastic, but I have no idea what her prices are like.
masqthephlsphr
Apr. 9th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
I figured you'd know some good fan artists.
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