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Perspective

"And indeed if you think you're a genius at something, what you achieve is very much according to your expectations; if you think you're no good, you're not going to get anywhere."---Diana Wynne Jones
Over the past month, my whole perspective of my novel has changed. I haven't even dented the rewrite, and decided to try a different approach of going through my notes and outlining. To be perfectly honest, I don't like outlines and never seem to stick to them. This time, it might be different. Until I start this rewrite, I don't think I will have any idea what is really going on.

I am feeling more confident even as I realize that this rewrite is becoming more and more intense with every passing day. I could give up, shelve it, and never look back. In my heart of hearts, I know that this story needs to just go through some changes. Some might be drastic, but that happens in life and wonderful things can come out of the woodwork (or, in this case, paperw…

Letters

I finally, finally, finally finished writing out the online of the current draft of my story. Now I am going to sit down and actually go through and see if I can create a new outline. Only problem of this will be: Can I follow it?
As you can tell, I am still stuck at Chapter 3 and will probably not finish the rewrite. Hmmm. Did I just say that?
Not too much else going on. Just getting psyched for our trip to the Renaissance Festival, still loving the new kitchen tile, and bought a car (a hybrid!!!). I am also reading four books, and am over my head with those and writing.
So, I am going to keep this short this week. Instead, I am going to pass on this great link of Letter to Myself where authors write letters to their younger self to give them advice and encouragement. It is worth reading.
Natasha

Unbaked

"Because.... OK, I'm cookie dough. I'm not done baking." -Buffy the Vampire Slayer
I wanted to write a post about revising and some of the great posts I have been reading lately. However, I am going to hold off until I have more to say on the subject.
Right now, I am at a stand still. I have started writing out note cards to outline each individual chapter (I am not much of an outline person). I think then I can really see all what I need to cut, add, and expand on. I really have hit a road block at Chapter 3, so I know that I have to really look at the bigger picture.
In other news, we redid our kitchen tile this past weekend and booked an upcoming weekend in the Twin Cities for the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. There will be some Asian food, booths, and presentations the weekend we chose so I am hoping to gather some inspiration from that. I am in my editing week right now for Stone Circle (my writer…

Wishing Song

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I don't know how I cannot point out this week's opening of This American Life. In it, Ira Glass talks about the "I Wish" song, which is "In many movies and Broadway shows, it's the main character's first song, in which they express the hope that will set the story in motion". It had me really thinking about the "I Wish" songs that I have related to, and the ones that I might have sang to at different parts of my life.

The one that sticks out most to me is in Beauty and the Beast. I always related to Belle. I grew up in a small town, read books as much as I could, and always felt like such an outsider. In the first song "Little Town", her thoughts are mingled with the perception of what people in her village think of her. It is in the "Belle Reprise" that we finally hear her wish (or in this case, her wants):

Is he gone? Oh, can you imagine? He asked me to marry him.
Me, the wife of that boorish, brainless . . .
"Madame…

Staying Dry

"Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon."
-E.L. Doctorow
I have been trying to work on my rewrite/edit of my latest novel KIN for a few weeks now. I did great with the first two chapters, and now I am stuck. I keep looking at Chapter 3 and it just stares back. I realized after a week that maybe I should read Chapter 4 to see if that will help. Not only did I discover that it was necessary to edit Chapter 3 and 4 together, but Chapter 5 threw itself in there too. So, I need to rewrite Chapters 3-5 so they fit together just right. I am just not sure yet how to do it yet. I am not an outlining type of person, but maybe in editing I am. I found note cards and decided I might have to create some sort of timeline of events. This is very different than I have ever done while writing.
My goal at this point is to have the first rewrite complete at the end of August. If not, I might j…