So, things have been busy lately… I’m on Week 4 of my dialogue writing class and Step 5 of the Snowflake Method with my writing-study partner.
I still have to laugh at my hubby’s response when he saw my Snowflake Method book. He said, roughly, “you mean there’s a writing book just for you?” All in good fun, of course. To which I can only reply… Well played, sir. Well played.
In some ways, this book is perfect for me. It doesnt take itself too seriously, and there’s even a lovely homage to Silence of the Lambs. (It’s the little things I really appreciate).
For the last few weeks I haven’t been writing, writing. I’ve completed exercises and tweaked small excerpts of my WIP – a bit less internal monologue here and a bit more subtext there. It feels like it’s putting my work on hold, and yes it is, but my work will be of far better quality for the delay.
Of course, this is putting my other WIPs on hold, too. After all the study and practice, my brain is a little wrenched out. I don’t have the energy to simply put words to paper right now. That’s okay. In four weeks I’ll have some bandwidth. If I’m willing to work with the ebb and flow, I’ll be far happier with what I produce in the end.
I have to remind myself of this often, it seems. Not to promote procrastination – I’m not talking about waiting for inspiration to strike – but an openness to whatever direction my writing takes. I didn’t realize how much I needed to learn about creative writing until more than a year after I started my novel. So, it’s important now that I don’t look at stopping or slowing down to learn the craft as a bad thing. It’s not taking a step backward. It’s simply establishing firmer ground so I can step ahead. I should not be so eager for the finish line that I do myself a disservice.
Fast achieves nothing here.