Saturday, March 16, 2013

Fits and starts

I don't know how it works for most of you, this process of writing. Maybe you don't need much to go on, maybe the words come pouring out of your pens, or fingertips... or maybe not.

I do know that this second draft is proving a challenge for me. Surprise surprise.

I'm trying to be creative, to allow the process to be what it is and not try to force the issue... which is why tonight I found myself rewriting the opening of Lilith... again...

I think I'm still trying to find her voice... to learn exactly what happened to her that night... and during the subsequent days. To learn who Lilith is...

I have tried a couple of exercises in first person, but I get lost in the details and it drains the power of the scene. This last version, in third person, is a little more daring than the first few. I wonder if that's a sign of things to come?

It DOES mean that I'm off the first page... I'm onto page 5 tonight... with more to come. I swear it's like a blind man trying to describe an elephant though. I can't seem to visualize the whole behemoth yet.


  1. Revising is such a difficult process. Good luck with it!

  2. I feel your pain, lady. Keep at it. You can do it!!!

  3. I'm into my second draft and I'm still struggling with my main character - I have all my other characters so I know them inside and out, and their voices come naturally. I just couldn't NOT write her story just because I didn't know her completely yet - I figured I'd get to know her like a good friend, day by day as we go through life together :)


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