Thursday, June 30, 2011

Slow and Steady

E2 is progressing, even if most of my posts talk about BoTS.

I’ve “completed” two chapters, so far, and started on a third one this morning. That word is in quotes because I'll eventually return to revise and edit. That's a given.

I've long ago realized that it’s always more difficult to begin than to end these sections. As detailed as my notes are, I rarely sit down and map out the exact dialogue or tone. My research is mainly for background, scenery, and those outside forces that affect my characters environment.

But their personalities and moods? I leave that up to the actual writing.

So, in the beginning, it’s a lot of stop and go. I write a page, then reread it. Sometimes I like. Sometimes I hate. But always I end up refining and rewriting. I’ll spend a hour or so on the first three pages to get it right, so I can move on from there. It’s exhausting in many ways. I’ve never been a writer who can pour over my manuscripts for hours. Too much for me. Too many thoughts bouncing in my head.

I cannot imagine what it must be like to write something so perfect as to never have to make major changes. What must that feel like to put the words on paper and then say, “Well, I guess that’s that.”  Never gonna happen to me.

I do what I have to do. And each day, gaining a little, improving some more, by the end I hope to have something special. No way to know right now.

1 comment:

  1. Starting is the hardest part for me. It's almost like if I don't get the flow or tone right from the very beginning, then it just doesn't seem possible that the rest of the section/chapter will unfold. Definitely exhausting.