Karalee’s Post #20
I’m not religious by any means, but I am open to listening, and this jazz concert invites both musicians and the public no matter what one’s spiritual thinking is. Besides, this particular church is well worth the visit simply for its spectacular architectural beauty.
It struck me that musicians from all over the city had come together to give tribute, and many had never played and sung together before. Of course, this got me thinking about my book and how my characters have come on and off stage too, interacting with other characters as they weave their own musical way to the climax near the end.
Fitting for a book I’d say. I sat back and enjoyed the concert as I mused.
This is the last week of our five month writer’s group challenge to complete a new manuscript with new characters, setting, and/or new style of writing. Has mine come together?
It’s got strong bones and is fleshing out like a coming-of-age adolescent standing in front of an open refrigerator. I will need to encourage a few gorging sessions in the coming weeks, but I look forward to them. Writers enjoy these type of days when words come spilling out faster than our fingers can type.
Those are the best.
So what have I really learned along the way?
- Outlining helps. For me this is the organizational structure, writing down my ideas from character creation to storytelling. I establish Act One, Two and Three and then fill in the rest as chronologically as I can. I do a rough outline in table format.
- Structured time helps. I have a routine I follow where I exercise first thing, write mid-day, and spend time with family in the evenings. Of course there’s room for flexibility and my family support is awesome. I’m NOT a night owl so writing in the evening doesn’t work unless caffeine-induced.
- Exercising helps. I try to be active every day whether going for a run, yoga, walking with a friend and/or my dogs, winter sports, biking, or if the weather is too miserable, even doing some housework. Not only am I healthier, my back thanks me and it helps clear my brain for the next session of writing.
- Reference books/information help. I don’t know about you, but when I’m stuck for ideas or need to find out about some plot detail I will turn to the internet for information or pull out a book on character development, writing humor or emotions, etc. It’s all part of the ongoing learning and it does take time.
- Dedicated writing area helps. I never used to have my own space to write, not until one of my children became an independent young adult and flew the nest (only a ten minute drive away which is very nice). With a laptop I can still be mobile, but now I can set up my bubble web plotting on the wall and keep who/what/where/when/why in front of me. I love it!
This time next week will be the start of a new chapter in our challenge. What will we do? I see a group decision coming over coffee and laughs.
Productivity: this has been a challenging week. I’ve tightened my timeline to increase the tension in my book which required backtracking and changing dates, etc. but my plot-line is much better. Progress yes, but added word count not so much.