Observing Blue Skies

–I’m currently at 35,965 words. This means I only have another 4000 to go for this weekend. I need to write chapter ten, basically. I need to plot out chapter ten first, however. Always helps if I have a clue about what I’m supposed to be writing.

–While outlining chapter nine, I realized that the deep plot engine continues to do its job. The description of almost every scene in chapter nine contains the word “confronts.” I’m at the three-quarter mark in the novel, and everything is ramping up nicely.

–As usual, while doing the initial thinking about this novel, I knew a few scenes that had to happen toward the end. I didn’t have a clue at that point how to get from point A to, oh, say, point T or W. I just knew that eventually I had to get there. One of chapter 9’s confrontations provided me with a clear path, as if I had planned it that way.

–I’ve been remarkably focused this week on writing, though in my cat waxing moments I did do some of thinking about jaylake‘s post about advice for the mid-career writer. Two things came to mind for me: know your process, and know that your process will change for every book. This is my seventh novel. (I’m not counting the one I never finished, whose calls I’m still not taking.) Very few things have remained constant from book one to now. The next book will be different as well.

–And another point, that cathshaffer made and that I’ve found to be particularly true for me: it’s a good time to go back to the basics. I know what works and what doesn’t for me, so I think it’s easier for me to hone my craft, mainly because I don’t feel as though I have to work on everything (see deep plot engine, above.)

–One more thing about writing: I disagree, often vehemently, when people say writing is hard. Writing can be hard work, you can feel exhausted afterward, as if you’ve just run a 36 mile marathon. Sometimes getting your butt into the chair can be difficult, and require discipline and tricks. However, if the writing itself is drudgery, and painful, and hard, every single day, I’d say there’s something wrong with your process or what you’re writing or something. I love to write. I have such joy in writing. There’s nothing I’d rather be doing most of the time. I’ve even learned how to find joy in rewriting. I think “writing is hard” is a myth we tell non-writers so they don’t feel bad about not writing, or even ourselves, too, some days. Most days, though, I don’t have to write. I get to write.

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