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Notes on Starting a New Story

1.  Just like in the movie Abyss when he's breathing the liquid, there will be thrashing, there will be resistance, but your body will remember.  Your body will adjust.

2.  Getting down to your "writing weight" has been a good running joke, but take care of yourself.  Pretzles, coffee and nicotine are not food groups.

3.  When you wake up, and your skin is slick with sweat, your head fuzzy with the memory of how the club smelled, and the blanket feels too much like the bodies pressed against you as you struggled to get closer to Luke singing on stage...when you bolt upright after only a few hours of sleep and your ears are still ringing from standing too close to speakers that exist only in your dreams, this is a gift. 

4.  On the same note, never keep a notebook on your bedside table.  These snippets are not meant for you, they're meant for your subconscious.  They will come back. 

5.  Those throw away details that you can not explain?  Later they'll be pivital plot points.  Now is not the time to stress over why they're there or where they came from. 

6.  Having a "real life" full of going out, socializing, friends...Not Writers will explain to you how healthy and necessary these are.  They'll never understand that these things are luxuries.  Right now is not the time for them.  They will be there later.  Others are different and that is okay too.  But for you?  That perfect scene playing out behind your eyelids may not wait.  Get it down now.

7.  It will get very ugly.  This is generally when the beautiful things happen, when the book gets written.  Give up a little less frequently than you did last time. 

8.  When you write a paragraph that gets you excited, that makes your skin crawl with its potential, has you smiling as you're typing.  Even if you wake up the next morning to reread it and realize it sucks?  You're doing it right. 

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edgyauthor
Feb. 2nd, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
These are all so true, especially #5; it's strange how those sneaky details almost always end up being so important later.

And #6...gah. So annoying. People try to drag me out of the house when I'm nose-deep in writing, claiming I need a break, but I can do that during writer's block! Us writers know that beast is always lurking somewhere. XD
ash_krafton
Feb. 2nd, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
brilliant tune btw

I live for throw-away details. They are the trap-doors that either get me into reallly fun trouble or out of really ugly trouble.
meredith_wood
Feb. 2nd, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
throw away details are the best parts!
sniadecki
Feb. 2nd, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
Those paragraphs you think suck? Start a junk file. Copy, paste, forget. But don't destroy them permanently, because there may come a time when you really wish you could remember. And sometimes our words age as gracefully as wine.
elanajohnson
Feb. 2nd, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
Very true list. Loved it! :D
fandoria
Feb. 2nd, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
This is a great list!
christinefonseca.wordpress.com
Feb. 3rd, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
Love this list...I agree completely!
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