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  • November 14th, 2008 | 9:51 AM
Friday Five - The thinking about writing edition

I know I am starting to wake up my writer self when I miss my turnoff on the way home because a character popped into my head. Okay, it was prompted by Janni (yes, it was Max and Frankie), but still it took me 10 minutes longer to get home because I was spaced out and kept forgetting to turn.

So here are my thoughts (in no particular order) about what I should think about working on next:

1. The middle grade one about California native plants and a boy and an old man. Plant kid's story. I'm working on the native plant garden so of course Plant Kid is right there with me. But I still have no plot and more importantly, I have no big want for plant kid. If he doesn't want anything it's kinda hard to write his story.

2. The middle grade one about a dog. Max's story. I've got a new dog so I'm doing a lot of work with dogs and reading about dogs and training dogs so this seems like a possibility. I kinda have a plot. I kinda have a big want. But it is a gritty, hard to read therefore hard to write kind of story and I don't know if I am ready to go to that place.

3. The YA about a boy and his dead dad and his live dad and a plane. Flyboy's story. I either have to finish this or give it up. I have a plot. I have characters. What I don't seem to be able to do easily is throw off the gazillion other versions I have written. In all those other versions the MC is too nice, too perfect and WAY too introspective. But 25 years of working on a book? Come on already!

4. The middle grade verse novel about a kid at an alternative school. I just got accepted to do a poetry workshop at an alternative school. I've done this before and been very inspired. I've also been terrified and exhausted. And I'm worried about writing in verse again for a variety of reasons. So I dunno. I might just try recording poetic thoughts about it and see what happens next.

5. The middle grade one about the girl and the piano and the dead mom.

There's also the MG about the walnut trees and grandparents. The YA dealing with perfection. The NF adult photo essay book. The NF adult collection of essays. The Civil War stories, both PB and MG. Oh, and the MG Italian history one.

Today I will be grateful that I have so many potential projects and hope that now that I have named them, one will burble to the surface and demand to be heard.

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There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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November 14th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
(debates whether Susan will kill her if she puts in her vote again)

(you know anyway)

(but really, write the one that scares you)
November 14th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
LOL. I thought of you off and on all day yesterday!
November 14th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Maybe I need to think about what scares me in order to find my next project, too.
November 14th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
Sooo nice to see writing thoughts again. Two of those projects jump off the page at me as things that seem to have a stronger claim on your brain right now, but that's just me reading your blog. Just...don't push them away because of a fear of a part that will be too hard. That's what revision is for. :)
November 14th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
Are you saying #1 and #2?

I'm fine with revision, once I get something on the page. But there's still that fear of writing crap and mostly fear that there is no story to write, crappy or otherwise. But soon. I hope.
November 14th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
No, actually 2 & 4. I know why you're thinking #1, but I can't actually write about things while I'm immersed in them--it doesn't seem to have sunk in deeply enough yet.

You need to let your belief rest more on how much you have done and succeeded at. Trust that a bit more and see what comes. :)
November 15th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
Thanks. You're a great coach! I wish I could get it through my thick head!
November 14th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
You didn't ask for votes, but...I'd vote for #2! (I'm looking at getting another dog...and I've got a dog story in the works, too) #3 intrigues me...#1, 4 and 5 sound good, too. You really can't go wrong!
November 14th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
I like the way your mind works! I do think they are all good ideas. I just wish I remembered more of the writing side of me.
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November 15th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for the encouragment.

Fun. Novel concept for me. :-)
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

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