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Archive for July 1st, 2011

Hi ho, hi ho off to the races I go…

Finally! The day I’ve been drea…ming of is here! I made the mistake of letting my brain get a head start on one storyline as I was trying to fall asleep last night and do I remember what the stellar idea was of even what novel it was for? Nope. Of course, when you’re wafting through the beautiful twilight time of sleep, you could solve all the world’s problems with logic and solutions that sound absolutely reasonable when in fact they’re baloney. For all I know I was sketching a plot for the horror novel involving zombie buttercups.

Regardless of whether those zinging lightning-bolt ideas are magnificent or atrocious, I think it’s time I invest in a little tape recorder. I’ve tried NaNo WriMo (National Novel Writing Month- http://www.nanowrimo.org) and found that even my little forarm muscles got stressed out. I don’t know if this is what happens with other writers, but if I get into my zone, a previously unstructured stroyline comes whizzing past my mind’s eye so it’s like I’m transcribing a movie AND describing the set and location, right down to the last just-cut bouquet of daisies on a hand-embroidered peasant tablecloth. I can fill page after page of that kind of stuff and feel like I’m going nowhere fast. I suppose this is what happens when you can’t draw to save your life. In my case it’s literally true- a picture IS worth a 1,000 words.

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