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Behind the Scenes of a Novel Day 10
Here I am trying to talk you through my writing process and I have not written a word in the novel in two days. Again no excuse. Today I played hooky.
Actually, I caught up on some house work. I cleaned the bathroom, did some laundry, found three quarters of the top of the kitchen table, did some dishes, and made dinner. In the big scheme of things that doesn't seem like much. But in my house it's a ton. I also managed to get to the grocery store and buy a few items.
Dinner was a smashing success. A friend joined me and we had an experimental dinner. Eggplant pizza my way. Be happy at some other time to post the recipe. We had great conversation, good times.
Every now and then writers have to come away from their solitary work and join the human race. Today was one of those days. I sometimes bury myself in writing and forget to stop to ear, smell the flowers, or communicate with others. There are days when I don't even bother to get dressed but I spend time with my characters (imaginary friends) and just work all day. There are other days, when those same characters (voices) drive me nuts and it's easier to walk away.
Today was a join the human race day. When I do that, I find my house or parts of it. I do something that involves being with people. I remember there is a life outside my house and away from the computer. I enjoy those days to the fullest. Every minute is an adventure, every second brings some kind of joy or learning.
You are all going to remind me now that I spend two nights a week teaching at the University. Something totally related to one of the other hats I wear. In the case of the University, I am trying to impart information to hopefully allow the students to be successful. It is not related to my writing. It might influence my writing in the future but not at this time.
I will endeavor to get back on task so, I can share the pitfalls and joys of writing with you. Forgive me for today's slip. Know that even though I haven't written anything I am still thinking about the next scene, the next dialog, the next twist in the story. I am looking for the right time to introduce Macy into this story. Does Macy call? Does Dani? Do they happen into each other? How is it going to happen? When will it happen? How do they interact? How does Macy react to Dani's relationship with Brad? Does Macy even meet Brad? Do Macy and Eli spend time with Dani and Brad? If so where? Under what circumstances? How long do the secret renovations take? How soon will Dani be accepting new clients? Will things work out with her new secretary?
I am always thinking. I have written and rewritten scenes in my head millions of time. I have to find the right voice for my characters. I have to make you love the ones you need to and hate the ones who need that too. I am telling a story, it has to be compelling. I want you turning pages into the wee hours of the night. I won't happen if I don't spend time doing this.