Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Ideas Come A Poppin

As I said in this earlier post I actually finished a project. Not my WIP but a Christmas project. What a thrilling feeling that is. I had come to a standstill with my current WIP and wondered if I had it in me, the ability to finish anything that is.

Like most I have been very busy with Christmas preparations. Not a time conducive to the flowing of creative ideas for a stalled WIP. But yesterday I actually got the urge to look at my WIP and add some notes. Ideas just sort of popped into my head. No prompting, forcing, mulling or stressing, just pop and there they were, ideas. These new ideas are now written on post-it notes and attached to printed pages of said WIP. I feel like I am getting back in the zone. My completed Christmas project has made me realize, I do actually have it in me to finish a work. I am so excited, I am feeling enthusiastic and my fingers are eager to get back to the keyboard with my fresh new ideas.

I hit a road block awhile back, stalled and in frustration stashed the offending WIP under the bed. I am not a descriptive writer; it does not come naturally to me. I am more of a character inter-action sort of writer. When reading I have a tendency to get bored and skip over long descriptives, anxious to get back to character action. Proof of the ‘You write what you read’ mantra. Still some descriptives are necessary. The story cannot be conversation from beginning to end, now can it!?!

I have learned so much from my recent BETA reading. A big thank you to Nicole Zoltack, Where Fantasy & Love Take Flight and Sherry Chaisson Auger, Sherry Auger for that. I have a better understanding of gauging chapters, what I need to develop and what might be best left alone. A big huge 'Thank You,' fellow blogger/writer friends.

And on that note I will say...have a wonderful Tuesday all!


Kittie Howard said...

Congratulations, Ann! Maybe the stories needed to rest up a bit more before they entered the world. And I scrolled back to your previous post. Oh, but snow creates such a beautiful winter wonderland. And I'm just now getting back into the routine after finishing up stuff. Sorry I wasn't around more earlier.

Old Kitty said...

Oh Ann!! Yay for your writerly mojo returning with a vengeance! Your cookbook is stunning!!! I love it - thank you!!

Of course you will finish your current wip!! And love writing these pesky descriptive passages too! Go Girrrrl!!

Take care

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm happy to hear you're writing again.

I haven't written anything new in my manuscript for a month. By yesterday, was demoralized. But I edited what I'd written so far today. Now I hope to move forward.

Happy writing!

Michael Offutt, Expert Critic said...

So when do the rest of us get to take a look at your brilliance? I'm so excited that everything has gone so well with your writing. That means that soon, I will be enjoying a new story :)

The Golden Eagle said...


I love it when new ideas just arrive without much effort; it's a great feeling, isn't it? :)

Brigid said...

Good for you, Ann.
I don't like long descriptive passages either, that's why I started writing screenplays, it's all dialogue.
I find when the Christmas prep gets too much, I lose myself in a bit of writing, very therapeutic.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

It's good to read an upbeat post about your writing status. A lot of other writers seem to be in the doldrums right now, for some reason. Glad to hear you're moving forward.

Jules said...

Yippee, mojo coming back! New ideas are always a surprise, welcome guest aren't they?! :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Jackee said...

I hate road blocks. So glad you could move past it and have the ideas come fast and swift!

Merry Christmas!