Sunday, August 30, 2009

Jumping Back on the Saddle

When I get back into a project I jump into the water head first and fast. I write, write, and write until I am done. But this time things are different. I have an agent and well that means book number two will go through the trials of preparation for submission. I hope I can stay on my A game focus on the task at hand.

For me there is this hunger to make progress. To see myself at 25K words. Then a few days later I keep thinking, it sure would be nice to be at 35K. And on and on I drive myself until I usually hit a wall. That's when I use my trusty friend Write or Die. I write in sprints, but even I have my days where I cannot plow ahead with coherent words. Most of the time I do not want to wait for a good day to move on. Usually I force myself into Write or Die and I use the environment to get the words out. I know the plot of the story, I just need that Jimmy Neutron moment where a flash of light in the gray matter upstairs sends me into a writing frenzy. Write or Die does that. I've heard many friends say working under the gun doesn't work for them, but for me its the opposite. When I am stuck I love the virtual slap on the hands I get from Write or Die. Matter of fact a small percentage of Memoirs was written using Write or Die. Other portions somehow came out in the parking lot of the local grocery store... It's amazing how things work out when its time to start writing.

Well, time to finish my third book. The Mad Typist is back.

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