Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Turbulence--Fasten Your Safety Belts

Morning Folks,

So, yesterday I finally got back to writing. I opened up Conjure A Man, cut part of what I originally had to take the story in another direction. Then I thought, "Wait, does this go with the rest of the story?" Today part of what I want to do is see if the new goes with the old and fix what needs fixing and continue with writing the story.

Sometimes writing gets a little bumpy. You get jostled around as you try to pull your thoughts and inspiration into a coherent plot point. In some cases, you have to go back and take out something that seemed fine 2 days ago, but ends up not fitting.

Then you have to go untangling knots and figure out what needs to stick around and what needs to go. Sometimes it's a matter of getting in touch with your critique partner (cp) and saying "What do you think? Does it flow or am I off-kilter?"

Other times, you find out your new ideas are better than the old ideas or the old ideas are better than the new ones.

It's part of the writing process. Keep taking deep breaths...fasten your seatbelts and hang on. Sometimes the ride is smooth and sometimes it's not.

How about you? What's "turbulence" like for you? Going through it now or is it smooth sailing?

Have A Tranquil Tuesday!


Tamika: said...

Bethany we are in the same writing boat! I blogged last Friday about beginnings and what do you know- mine up and changed. I like it, but like you mentioned, deciding if all the pieces fit is a task.

Great post, and happy writing.

Blessings to you...

bethanyintexas said...

Thanks Tamika! :-)