Permission to Write the Crap/Olimpica

WhirlwindI have been STRUGGLING lately to actually write my new wip I’m working on.  This is a fully flushed out idea (as full as I am going to get that is) with distinct beginning, middle, and end.  Not to mention characters that, while I don’t know extremely well, I do have a solid internal GMC with one, and an external GMC with the other that I can work with.

Yet. The. Words. Would. Not. Come

I am a perfectionist by nature, with a touch of OCD, and a pretty good smattering of anal retentiveness.  Which, as you can imagine, does not always play well with the more organic nature of my creative writing side.  But still, I consider my Starting Sludging Jitters–the name for the murky mire I have to type through in order to hit my productive stride on a story, to be the main issue that plagues my writing.  It has since I first started pursuing writing in 2008.

However, I am now 5 years into this, and I absolutely know better than to allow a stalled beginning on a first draft hold me up.  So this morning at got up at 5:30 am with one goal:

To write the damn book by placing my butt in the chair and my fingers on the keyboard.

I also did one other thing, I gave myself permission to write the crap as well.  As long as I was producing new words, I could write the lamest metaphor, the oldest cliche, or the longest stretch of stale telling that was ever placed on a sheet of paper.  Like I said, it’s sometimes tough for my regimented side that continually strives towards the impossible–a perfect first draft full of tension, conflict, balanced characters, and emotion–to produce what’s akin to lukewarm poo on the page.

It worked! Today in the 20 mins I was able to take for myself to write, I produced twice as many words as I did writing the ENTIRE DAY YESTERDAY.  (Don’t go getting excited, I didn’t produce a full masterpiece.  My progress  speaks more to me actually writing today vs. sitting around, zoned out, looking at my computer screen most of yesterday 🙂  ).  Not only do I have a few hundred words on the page, but I was also able to channel this new character for the first time.  For me, it’s a lovely feeling to connect with the character on the page.  And while I may be writing mostly dribble at this point, at least it’s dribble organic to my character and my story.  And most importantly, I’ve crossed the first hurdle and I’m actively writing my new wip.  YAY!!

Although today is Muse Music Monday,  I felt it more important to share my re-learned revelation of  giving yourself permission to write the crap in order to get to the gold.  However, I will not leave you without a muse inspiring selection. I present “Olimpica” by Roberto Cacciapaglia 🙂

Now if this doesn’t inspire you to get up and conquer something, I don’t know what will!

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Muse Music: If I Ever Get Around to Living

I am currently reworking my dark paranomal–yes again.  But until the mythos and back story feel right to me, I cannot proceed.  Such is my writing process.  But, not one to sit idle, I have begun working on a new contemporary romance.  This idea presented itself to me in a fully flushed out synopsis (the first time ever!) one night while I was listening to this song.

The wisps of the characters came to me with the opening strum of the guitar strings, the theme and character arcs came with the opening line…

muse music

 

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Muse Music: Otherside

Muse Music- whiteToday is day 1 of the biggest challenge I’ve accepted to date in my writing career.  Today, I start work on my new paranormal wip!! 🙂

Big whoop, right. 😐  What’s so new and exciting about that you say? Well, thanks to Candace Havens and her Book in a Month Club workshop. I will have a finished manuscript (yes, a complete, from start to finish, 60k word draft ) in 2 (TWO) weeks.

And as you know, music is a huge influence on my writing.  Music  helps to set the tone, helps to channel emotion, and helps to create conflict, as well as resolutions. So, to get me off to a good start on those first 15 pages, I’ve selected my untitled paranormal’s theme song: Otherside by The Red Hot Chlli Peppers. I LOVE this video too.

Muse inspiration lyrics:

I heard your voice through a photograph
I thought it up and brought up the past 

 

*Lyrics by: Michael Balzary, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith
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NaNoWriMo 2010

I’m a few days late with this, but it’s November which means it’s NaNoWriMo time!

Once again, I’ve signed up for the ride.  The goal is to complete a 50,000 word novel within 30 days. Or in my case, add 50,000 words to my current wip. I’ve participated in NaNo the last 2 years but I’ve not successfully completed the challenge

However, I’m feeling this year is my year.  I’ve been writing routinely the past month as part of my mentorship, so I just need to push my daily word goal a bit and I think I can do it.

I’ve added a NaNo word count widget to track my progress. As of today, I’m running a bit behind, so I’m off to do it to it. 🙂

Contest Final

Snoopy DanceI’m doing the happy dance right now y’all. Just got word this morning that I finaled in the Drive ‘Em Wilde contest sponsored by Savvy Authors.

WOOT!!!!

There were 87 total entrants and I ended up a finalist with the 2nd highest score in my category! I am a bit of a spazz head right now 🙂

So now my entry goes to the final judge, Angela James with Carina Press (woot!), for a final judging.  Ms. James will then pick the overall category winner.

 

The official notification is here. WOOT WOOT!!!