Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Dusting myself off...

I hope November is starting out well for you!

I know at least a few of you will share my pain when I say that the writing thing has just not been working this past week or so. With some sleep issues and stress from work, plus the usual stuff we have to get done, I haven't written at all in over a week.

So yesterday I decided to let Baby Girl have a little cry. The gentler ways to encouraage her to go to sleep on her own just seemed like tearing a band-aid off really sloooowly, for both of us. So sink or swim, little fishy! It took an hour the first time for her to fall asleep - and three minutes the second time. Whew. And this morning, about five minutes. I think we're going to be all right.

That said, it's a new month. A new start, and back on the horse for me. 500 words a day. Amazing how I've lost touch already.

I'm fighting the urge to rewrite as I go. I know the scenes I've started are so very sketchy that my plot leaps forward at a lightning pace with not nearly enough words to describe what's really there. I'm already geting stuck, even thought I know what happens next! So I'm forcing myself on to the next scene, just to keep going until I get to the end. I will rewrite once I've written! Maybe the whole thing will come out to 30K. C'est la vie. At least it will be whole, and I can fix that.


Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy!
How old is the baby?

My first draft came in short as well, and I had to beef it up. Then I figured out I had two major story threads competing for screen time. So last May I started over and rewrote the whole thing from scratch. Now I'm making it pretty.

I totally know where you're coming from, and you're right to keep going to the end. Good luck!

Cindy said...

Hi Sara:
Baby Girl is just shy of seven months. Hard to believe, the time passes so quickly.

Writing is such a gory business, isn't it? Everybody's got to find their own way, and sometimes it seems like one frustration after another. I keep an eye on that brass ring, though. Seen Vicki's covers? Check Amazon!

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy,
Oh, seven months. That's a tough time. They don't like to be alone much at that age.

Vicki's covers are great! I can't wait to read the books. I'm going to give away a bunch on my blog. *g*

Anonymous said...

Dear Cindy,

I can really empathize with your recent writing progress (or lack thereof). Seems to be something going around.

Sounds like Baby Girl is getting the hang of "bedtime = sleepytime, not mommytime". I remember well going through that with my daughter. (My son just babbled and sang himself to sleep.) [g]