Some nights are more productive then others, but I feel it is vital that I dedicate at least an hour a day. I may be over writing the first draft a bit at times, especially when I spend over an hour on one paragraph, but the sculpting of the words comes naturally, so I am going with it. I want to try to write more and faster for the next month to give the story some girth. I am starting to see some common themes emerging. Just today, I moved the manuscript from Word to Scrivner, which has allowed me to start sorting ideas into chapters, scenes etc…
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At this stage, I not too worried about structure. I will wait until there is more there, but the move to Scrivner tonight helped me begin to see the book as a whole, and I hope to start identifying themes and motifs in the coming weeks..
I have really been enjoying this process. This routine seems to be working for me, because I never feel like the writing is a chore. My mind is constantly thinking of something to spew out. Every night after the kids go to bed, I strap on the headphones and lose myself in music, my words, my head. It can be a chaotic place at times, but the writing helps to give it sense and order. I have recently discovered The Social Network soundtrack by Trent Reznor; I feel this album was made for writing. It pulsates and pushes me to the limits.
- Of course I think my life is interesting, but why would anyone else care? After a session,I am often worrying why anyone would care about my life:
- What aspects of a life, anyones, do you think are worth examining?
- Do you prefer being in the narrator’s head, or by seeing the world that surrounds him/her?
- Any other advice would be appreciated.