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  • May 7th, 2006 | 8:09 PM
My main character has an attitude

which she is still keeping to herself but I now know where she gets it from. Gotta love those hand-me-downs from mom and dad. I haven't done much writing worth saving on MTLB, more like writing in circles and a lot of stuff that I hope will prime the pump. But at least I know more about her family situation now (perhaps a little more than I want to because I can't be easy on her) and I think I am closer to writing about the "horrible thing" that happens that sets the changes in motion. I need to write more on her first, to build up to it and peel away my own layers of self-preservation first but I think once I actually write the poem that has that scene in it, it will unlock a few more things. I find it easier right now to write about Mrs. W and the things she does to try and help M and I think that's okay. It's safe right now but I'm still building up the trust levels between me and M. Maybe once she realizes I'm on Mrs. W's side, she'll open up to me.

The hard part right now is still fighting my own process. I've had a couple of days off from work and I really expected to have gotten a lot done but that's not been the case. It's been more reading, more thinking, more plodding with words. And I have to accept that's the way it is (but I don't have to like it.)

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



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(Anonymous)
May 8th, 2006 05:53 am (UTC)
I love reading about other people's processes. Seriously. Always so different.
susanwrites
May 8th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
I agree. It's fascinating how many different ways the brain works.
tamra_wight
May 8th, 2006 12:09 pm (UTC)
All this reading , thinking and plodding are going to add up to one heck of a story . . .
susanwrites
May 8th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
Oh please...one can only hope. :-) Right now it feels like a giant mud puddle.
dorihbutler
May 8th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC)
Sounds like valuable work. I once heard Judy Blume speak at a conference...she said she fills an entire notebook with "stuff" on a book before she ever starts to write it.
susanwrites
May 8th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
That's comforting to hear but gosh I hate this part. I feel so unwriterly at the moment. Bleck.
beverlyjean
May 8th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
The May issue of Writer's Digest has a great article on creating a family tree for your characters if they're sketchy at first. LeAnn Keenan says to start with your character's name and what it suggests. Assign a birth date, then work backward and add parents, siblings (if any), what stories her siblings would tell. Turn your imagination loose and freewrite, what intrigues you the most. This sounds much like what you say you're doing already. The author includes a neat character questionnaire. I think I'm going to do this for my wip because my mc is still fuzzy in my mind.
Good luck.
susanwrites
May 10th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC)
Yes, sometimes just knowing the right questions to ask can make all the difference.
beachalatte
May 8th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
HOPE THE WRITING IS GOING BETTER TODAY!
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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.

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