Tuesday, December 29, 2009

the joy of a new project

Good morning everyone!

I'm still feeling the joy and rush of a new project rolling around in my head and I have to say...I'd forgotten how fun this stage can really be.  It has to be my most favorite part.  The hardest thing for me to do right now is not to rush into writing all the glorious things rolling around up there.  My characters are ready to break out into their tale but I have to be careful to hold them back.  I know all too well what happens if I don't....a long ramble of a story with nowhere to go.  Sure...it's fun...but in the end a plot is a bit important and so it is to the outlining process I go.  Very happy to say that I started my character descriptions last night and so far so good...still loving the direction it's taking thus far.  There are many more zoning out car trips for me before this outline is done.

I was discussing my new project with the hubby last night when he brough up a valid point:  Shouldn't you be working on the sequel to your first book?  Hmm...yes probably.  But those characters have been quiet.  They don't want to talk to me just yet.  I'm sure half way through my new project they will magically come to life again and distract me...

I'm also hoping to change up my blog a bit...add some extra descriptions and maybe one of those nifty word count gadgets I've seen everyone using...I love those!  We'll see how much motivation I have tonight...

In other random tidbits - one of my oldest girlfriends...okay, hang on, that didn't sound right at all.  The girlfriend I've had the longest (besides my sister)...from back in high school...yes, much better description!  Anyhoo - she gave me a very cool necklace for Christmas that I'm just loving.  It's "agate" from africa I think (tag is at home) and it hangs on a silver chain....I've literally worn it to work two days in a row.  As I mentioned before...total addictive personality...when I love something I really really love it.  I think I've realized this morning just why I love it so much.  Has anyone out there ever seen the movie "Teen Witch"???  Very cheesy 80's style movie with the cute little creepy woman from Poltergeist?  It was one of my absolute favorites and I watched it over and over and over as a teenager.  In the movie she had a similar necklace that I thought was awesome.  I swear that's why I'm loving it so much right now.  Something about it makes me very very happy.  What an oddball I am.      

Hope everyone has a terrific day!!!
Kristi

10 comments:

  1. Creating the story is my favorite part too :)

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  2. OMG, I love the beginning of a story!! Have fun!!! PS. I'm a total obsesso. I could wear the same shirt over and over if it weren't so gross.

    Happy New Year!

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  3. I love doing the character descriptions. But I think my favorite part is going through the first round of major edits. The story is there, on paper, and I can enjoy it as I go.

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  4. How fun starting a new project! It's definitely a fun time in the process. And I agree with L. Diane Wolfe...the first round of major edits is awesome. There is so much I forget about and I think, I wrote that?! And then I either pat myself on the back, or DELETE!

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  5. I love the writing craze with a new story! Good luck!

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  6. Looks like I'm not alone on this beginning a story excitement! I LOVE it! But I have to admit I loathe editing...agree with Diane/Kristin that the first round is fun to revisit but after that...man it's like torture!

    Carolina - I'm glad I'm not the only obsesso out there! You know it's bad when your hubby has to tell you that he can't bear looking at those plaid pajama pants any longer...when I love something I totally wear it out! He loves it when I finally make trips to Goodwill and get rid of any items that are annoying him! (Something I do frequently because I know I'm an addict!)

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  7. I love, love, love the feeling of starting a new story. It's so much fun to have the characters so fresh and loudly screaming in your ear what they want you to do. Love it!

    Good Luck on your new project. I gave up on my outlining the other day and just dove right back into the actual writing. I almost forgot how much fun it could be. Now, I just need to stop obsessing and finish the first draft before trying to edit everything! LOL.

    Good Luck!

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  8. New year, new project! I should be following your lead! I agree with everyone else that the beginning stages are the best. Its kind of like falling in love, discovering new things, getting strangely exciting to be sitting with the pages all night. I wish you the best of luck!

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  9. We're at the same stage of writing a new book. I'm just now starting character biographies - then on to outlines - before I can pour it all out.

    I enjoy your blog - am following you now - thanks for following mine. I have a word count widget on my blog - I gave myself a 10,000word cushion on it so I could include my biographies and outline in my word count - otherwise that big 0 sitting there for a few weeks will drive me crazy.

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  10. Kimberly - good luck on your new project! I totally understand about the outlining...I'll have great motivation and it only lasts for a while before I just HAVE to go and start writing! LOL! It wouldn't be as fun otherwise...we can only force ourselves to be SO organized before chaos takes over, right?

    Chasing - as always you described the process beautifully! Couldn't agree more!

    Karen - welcome! It was so fun finding your site the other day! I think I'll take your lead when I finally put my word count up! Looking at zero is way too depressing...the outlining process should definitely count, right?

    Happy New Year!

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