Saturday, March 08, 2008

Sacred Scars (with orchid)


So I am in a writing doldrums now--probably because I had such a great surge last week. It ebbs and flows. Sadima continues to amaze me, she is living through what no one should be able to live through, as least so far. 





Into this lull has come an idea for the next work. I had a notes file going and it is expanding faster than I expected. I love knowing what's next before each book is finished. It saves me panic, terror and poverty....



4 comments:

janni said...

Watching the things my characters get through, and seeing just how they get through them, is one of the things that makes this writing thing so compelling for me, too.

kathleen duey said...

Well said. And I don't know about you, Janni, or most writers, but when I am least in control, I do my best writing.

janni said...

Yes. I mean, the control does come into play at the end, when I have to tighten and polish and make it all vivid so that it's communicated to outside readers, but at the core of the best stuff is just letting the characters be who they are and do what they do without it feeling like I'm making them do any of it, at all.

kathleen duey said...

I have tried to explain this to people I critique, or in workshop situations and it is very hard. I know how it *feels*. I am not quite sure how I stumbled into doing it. I can certainly feel the air go out of the story when I am machinating events.
I would love to hear what anyone else has to say about this...

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