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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

360 Days Clever

Good Morning Folks,

Last night I was bemoaning my writers' block to my husband. "Even my blog hasn't been very clever today!" I exclaimed. He replied, "Well, you can't be clever every day." I said, "But, I want to be clever every day." My husband held me close, while buried my face in his shoulder and said, "You can be clever 360 days of the year." I said, "So, 5 days out of the year my brain takes a vacation?" He said, "Yes." Basically he let me know it was okay if I wasn't entirely witty all 365 days of the year. That off-days were just fine.

Unfortunately, I'm not exactly happy about going through a "dry spell". Last night in an effort to alleviate this problem, I began re-reading Conjure A Man from the first chapter on. I haven't finished, but I did manage to make some edits and start getting a grasp for the story again.

Perhaps this is what I've been needing to do with Surreal. Start at the beginning and then go through until the proverbial light bulb flicks on and inspiration lightning hits. After all, I want to give both my stories a "fair shake". They're the same in the sense that they're paranormal/fantasy romances, but different in the sense of how they're told and what types of characters they have.

So what about you? Are you clever 365 days out of the year or does your brain take a vacation every so often? Do you re-read your manuscripts to grasp the story again or do you stare blankly that the screen hoping for something to show?

Have A Wonderful-Working Wednesday!

6 comments:

J.J. Bennett said...

I tend to take one day at a time. Thinking past that just gets me into trouble. If I'm lost in my WIP I start at the begining and reread (and end up editing some). The good thing about it is, it helps with flow and helps me become engrossed with the project again. Even though it takes loads of time, it really does help.

bethanyintexas said...

J.J.--

Good way to go. So you get to be clever 365 days, yay! :-D

Regina Milton said...

I definitely like to start from the beginning when I'm lost or when I have no inspiration.

Oh, and on my non-clever days I just try to learn something new.

bethanyintexas said...

Regina,

Good advice about the "non-clever days". :-)

J.J. Bennett said...

I wish I was clever everyday... NOT!

bethanyintexas said...

J.J.--

Really? Hmmm...I think if I could be clever every day Writers' block would be easier to bear. But it's easier NOW than it used to be.