Monday, February 12, 2007

Writing Recap

I feel like I have a lot to say, writing wise, and yet I don't really know where to begin. Some positives from this weekend/last week:

1- I did morning pages almost every day.
2- I got down the beginning of my new short story, and I am relatively happy with it.
3- I started revising a very old short story for my other degree. It was neat to go back to something I wrote a few years ago and see both how much I've learned since, and how descent the story was (if a bit naive. Ah, to be 20 again!)
4- I made a ton of progress on revising the memoir chapter I'm working on for my IS project at Lesley. (For those of you who don't know, I'm working with a doctor to write his memoir about having a heart transplant.) I think there's something about doing the project for school that is allowing me to feel OK about pushing him to answer some of the tough emotional questions that he's been avoiding.
5- I wrote, in my head, an essay I'd like to send out eventually. This is how my process often works. I "write" while I'm walking my dog or trying to fall asleep. When I go to the page, I certainly don't remember everything I've thought of, but my brain is primed and ready to go on the topic.

There's also lots of stuff I didn't get done that I wanted to, particularly concerning some house projects. But I won't list those here because that seems very much against the spirit of my "no goals" work (see below). Best Blogger Tips


Gili said...

I write in my head all day too! Usually I talk out loud to myself when I'm on lunch. I roam the streets for an hour in the middle of the day babbling about what my characters may or may not do. This helps me a lot. And New York's a perfect place for it because nobody thinks twice about someone talking to herself and there's lots of people to gather data/inspiration from watching.

TI said...

Me too. I think it's some of my best writing!

briliantdonkey said...

I am constantly writing in my head as well. To me that part comes fairly easily.....Put me in front of the keyboard and then? .....not so much. Sometimes I think the keyboard is like my writing kryptonite. I always find it quite interesting(and often not in a good way) to go back and read something I wrote a while back. I almost HAVE to put it aside for a while and not even think about it until it has a chance to clear my brain. It helps me to be able to see things from a different angle.


Repeater said...

The writing I do in my head almost always seems to escape me, so I try to carry a notebook with me. I do, however work out problems with characters, etc. while jogging or riding my bike. Also talking aloud, but the island's a good place for that too because everyone's nutty out here.
Nice work on getting so many things started!

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