Finding the love again

As many of you know, since I’ve talked about it incessantly here and on my other blog, I just wrapped up edits for The Turning Tide. Pleased as I am about that, there’s no rest for the wicked, or writers for that matter. Bitter Night is due in January and I was over halfway done when I stopped to work on The Turning Tide edits. It’s now been a couple of months and as much as I love this story, or rather, loved it, I am feeling a little ambivalent just at the moment. I’ve to find the love again. The question is–how?

The first step for me was to read through what I’d written. I had to reacquaint myself with the characters. But of course, in taking so much time away, I lost a little bit of momentum in terms of what I was excited about. The story has a slightly different feel to me now, and I want to try to capture it. That will require going back fixing things in revision, but for now, I want to press forward and get a draft done.

I have reread and I’ve looked over my synopsis–and this time I was glad I’d gone into so much detail. But what I realized was that one of the characters who was elusive before (I had a terrible time nailing down his voice), had become elusive again. So I did some talking to him (interviewing him a little) and then I reread the last chapter over and over and stared into space. Then I stared into space some more, then checked my email and every blog site known to man, watched some youtube video, stared into space, reread the chapter . . .

It went on awhile. But I would write a bit here and there, tinker here and there, and try to hear him in my head. Finally he began to speak. Finally he began to become a person again instead of a  cardboard shadow.

So I’m writing again. I mean, more than just one word every five or ten minutes. I’m still checking email and etc., but not nearly so often. I’m sinking back into the story and feeling the flow. It’s a relief. I was half afraid I wouldn’t get it back.

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  1. 1. Maria V. Snyder

    Hello Di! First – so sorry I posted on your day! I thought today was the 4th! I posted it just after midnight last night and wondered why the date stamp said the 3rd. I thought it was because I’m on the east coast. Took me all day to realize it (I even blogged on Myspace, too).

    I’m also glad you recovered the flow :) Stopping midway to work on another project is hard – I avoid it if I can!

    Since I’m not a morning person, I’ll procrastinate in the mornings, but once I finally start writing, it doesn’t take long to get into it and then I wonder why I procrastinated so much.
    I’d switch to writing at night, but with the kids’ schedules – I can only do that in the summer.

  2. 2. Diana Pharaoh Francis

    There’s just more to love with both of us up on the same day, right?

    Cool, by the way, on the repackaging as YA. Maybe a whole new audience there.

    I’ve always had a hard time working on more than one project at a time, and quickly switching gears is tough.

    I”m with you on the procrastination, and with the kids. I much prefer to work at night since there are fewer distractions.

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Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis has written the fantasy novel trilogy that includes Path of Fate, Path of Honor and Path of Blood. Path of Fate was nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Recently released was The Turning Tide, third in her Crosspointe Chronicles series (look also for The Cipher and The Black Ship). In October 2009, look for Bitter Night, a contemporary fantasy. Diana teaches in the English Department at the University of Montana Western, and is an avid lover of all things chocolate. Visit site.

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