I do have a theory. After all, I have already revised this manuscript once. And even though the raw materials are there, this round is more of a rewrite than a revision. I am returning to my roots as a women's fiction writer, changing key elements of character and plot, striving to do more showing and less telling and to go deeper with point of view. This time, I really want to GET IT RIGHT. That's a lot of pressure.
Thanks, Pat, for the picture.
Regardless, this morning I decided to stop making excuses. Encouraged by all the supportive comments I got on my blog post yesterday - thanks, everybody! - and with several empty hours miraculously stretched out in front of me, I determined that I wasn't going to let another day go by without writing. If only I could come up with that first sentence. For inspiration, I went downstairs and pulled book after book off my shelves, reading the opening lines of some of my favorite novels. Then I came back upstairs and went through the comments Carla Fredd made on my submission to the Gin Ellis Critique Workshop. Finally, I settled upon a starting point and pecked out the first paragraph. It isn't perfect. But it is closer than I have ever been.
Suddenly, out of nowhere I remembered Suzanne Brockmann talking about deep point of view in her presentation at the March Georgia Romance Writers meeting. I referred to my notes, but was unable to locate a link she mentioned being on her website. I did, however, find a great interview with her in which she discusses the topic, among others that are near and dear to my heart. I copied this quote onto a purple index card and tacked it to the middle of my bulletin board.
The only difference between a published author and an unpublished author is that the published author never quit.
To read the rest of the interview, click HERE.
Better armed and in the proper frame of mind, I forged ahead. At that point, I had only about an hour left to write. Still, I managed a total of 722 words for the day - just a little more than a couple of pages, to be sure, but I am hoping that now that I am started, the process will go a bit faster. Also, I sent my work to Lindy, who said it is "much punchier than before" and that she "loved it."
A little praise goes a long way.
As soon as I post this, I am going to take my allergy meds, curl up in bed with my Kindle and a glass of shiraz, and read for a while. I plan to be sound asleep before midnight, and up at dawn, back to work on the novel of my heart.
Wish me luck!