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Behind the Scenes of a Novel-Day 3

Updated on September 4, 2012

I Give Up

totally frustrated and giving up
totally frustrated and giving up

Frustrated

That's the word for today. I typed for forty-five minutes last night after writing my hub. I was really getting into the zone when my computer froze. I had to shut it down. My old word program used to save what you were writing and would ask you if you wanted to keep it when you logged in again. Not so with the new Microsoft program.....ugh. I lost all of it. The really sad part is that I was in the process of saving it when the computer froze.

Since I spent most of today in my car, I have not been able to get back to it. That, too is frustrating. I want to get it rewritten before I lose the whole train of thought. However it was necessary for me to take care of business today.

I had a dentist appointment which allowed me to spend an hour with my daughter during her lunch time. It also gave me an opportunity to visit with friends from high school and sell a copy of the first book in the Macy McVannel series. Finally I had the chance to raid my Dad's garden for tomatoes, cucumbers, and egg plant. I love fresh vegetables.

While I was driving I plotted the scene in my head. I know where I will begin tomorrow night when I am writing. I know how to improve what I had written. Driving does that for me. I get to wander into my mind and think about what comes next.

While nothing was written today, I feel it was productive. My writing won't even begin until tomorrow evening as I have things to prepare before I go teach tomorrow afternoon( early evening).

I will be able to draw from my experiences to show my students the importance of having and using a calendar to keep you on task. I still don't use one to track my writing, but I use one for everything else. I'd be lost without my calendar.

Tomorrow is a new day. It will come with new ideas. Some will be good, some will be discarded, others will be down right bad ideas. I will know better when I get them. I will set the ones I currently have on paper in rough form before going to bed. That will keep me where I need to be when I begin again. And I will begin again.

Giving up is not in my make-up. I have been writing since I was ten and a teacher told me one day he'd see me in print. I only wish he had still been alive when I was finally published. His words of encouragement helped me believe in myself. My parents belief their children could do whatever they set their minds to supported my belief.

It's been a long road to get where I am. It has not been easy. There have been bumps along the way. Times when I put writing on the back burner. Now it's time for the writing to be front and center. It's time for the writing to be the main focus.

How was your day? Were you productive in your writing?

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