Thursday, May 7, 2009 | By: Taffy

Thinking outside the Box

I have been having a problem focusing on writing since I came back from the writers conference.  Well, that's not entirely true.  I sat down and started writing the sci-fi story that was begging me to put it on paper.  And I was happy to oblige! 

Then a problem arose; the other stories I've been writing started in on me.  They also wanted me to work their stories or finish editing them. Their voices got louder and more incessant until I had to stop writing the sci-fi story. 

Instead of writing, I read and answered emails; checked Faceb
ook, Twitter and wrote some articles for Triond. 

But the stories wouldn't leave me alone.

As I was trying to decide what to do I remembered Julie Bellon's class (love her by the way!): "Self Editing and Rewriting."
She taught us Four Secrets to Self-Editing or the CLAW method: 
Check your most basic editing checklist
Let someone else read it for you
Always print it out and read/edit the hard copy
Walk away for hours, days or weeks.

My notes from her class helped push in a direction I hadn't about before. I told my stories I would work on each piece for one week. The stories that were near completion I would print out and edit.

 The voices finally quieted.

I have five stories I am working on: three are in editing stage and two are just beginning. I'm excited to work on all of them now.  I feel the pressure has b
een released.  For now. :)

Added to all the writing drama, I am going on vacation and REALLY need to pack! And clean the house!

One of the stories that I started I am taking with me on vacation.  The location of the story fits with the location I am going to see!  I'm excited to see h
ow the story shapes.

I'd better go now, a story awaits...


5 comments:

Karlene said...

That happens to me all the time—different characters clamoring for my attention.

I have a file for each "book" and I take really good notes of any new ideas. That way, the characters know I'm paying attention and they'll quiet back down and wait their turn. Most of them.

Love that image at the bottom of your post. May have to steal it. :)

Peggy said...

That post makes me want to write and write, Taffy! Your books sound very exciting and fun to write. Where are you going on vacation?

Weston Elliott said...

Karlene - you can get one of your own - Meez.com! I've got one.

Taffy - I hate it when that happens, and your characters start arguing about who gets to go first! You're not alone

Jaime Theler said...

Too many great ideas is a better dilemma than no ideas, imo. It will be fun to see how all of your stories turn out!

Taffy said...

Thanks, everyone! Friends help keep the words and stories rolling!