Well, actually it’s week two-ish on this project and an interesting process it is indeed. Let me summarize:
1) It’s been a busy month – of trade shows, great friends dying, grandchildren being born and birthdays (mine). I can summarize this section by simply saying, “Life happens.”.
2) The tech work I do hit some snags and so I’ve been busy, very busy, on things that directly influence my websites. I won’t bore you with the details but it’s an “adventure in technology” and very time and energy consuming.
What this means is that I’m behind on this project. Sigh. One only has the creative energy to solve so many problems and those above took precedence.
But hope springs eternal and amidst this chaos, I have been moving forward.
I reread “Story Engineering” because I found I simply didn’t have a grasp of what I was trying to do. Making copious notes along the way and jotting down thoughts etc in a dedicated notebook, I’m further up that learning curve. And this is a good thing. So not stopping but slowed down is the report here.
And realistically, I won’t start writing this until I have the outline and story issues all worked out – there will be no seat-of-the-pants-write-it because you want to get 50,000 words written. I’ve been a writer long enough to know that 50,000 words is an easy target for me but the quality of those 50K is my concern.
My bottom line is that I can easily do the 50K words but not so easily craft a great story. And I’ve chosen to understand the story before doing the work. In my world, this is akin to knowing where you’re going before you start driving down the road.
And this week, after some internal attitude adjustments, I’m back to sorting out the important stuff on the story itself.
My lesson in all of this is that I can’t stop the process, I may slow it down but I can’t entirely stop it. I don’t know whether I’ll be ready to actually start writing in November but I’ve decided that’s not important. What is important is that I don’t stop, don’t slow the learning curve (it reminds me very much of the learning curve my first agent put me through learning how to craft a book proposal) and never, ever give up.
So that’s where I am. Life got in the way and slowed me down. No derailing but certainly a slowing up the grade of this new track.