Friday, January 9, 2009

A productive day.

Here's what it looks like.

I spend the first 20 minutes writing just anything. I'm deep enough into several projects that just anything is usually something but I have to be okay with it being nothing. When I do it without purpose it is almost always more effective then trying to write something. If that makes any sense. I write fast and I don't correct mistakes and push through until the end. I use this.

Sometimes that incites a breakthrough. What constitutes a breakthrough? Often it feels so big and turns out to be so little. Like here's the one that happened the other day. I have been working and working on this thing(novel) and it has been bothering me that the narration changes, in fact it seems to get easier as I go on. This girl that tells the story is loosening up, and I think it's because I am becoming a better novelist(and in fact I am), and this bothers me because I'm going to have to go back and rewrite the whole beginning(did you hear that wail in my voice?). But(here is where the epiphany comes in) she is in fact opening up. It's part of the story! Isn't that brilliant?

I didn't even know it.

I went on to do some revision, maybe a half a chapter(3 pages). A big day.

As Always (sometimes more),
Tina