So I’ve sent Book Two off to my sister — aka my first reader — to see if it makes sense at all, or is a complete disaster. Hoping it’s not the latter. But either way, I’ve moved on to Book Three. It’s completely different than my first two. I’m actually writing off my February prompt, and continuing Clarke’s story. So, contemporary thriller as opposed to regency romance. And I will say I am having THE BEST time writing it. My chapters are short and — hopefully — fast-paced, the characters flawed and strong (again, hopefully). This week, I have, for once in my sometimes too jam-packed social life, not had any plans Monday-Wednesday and so have devoted myself to writing a few hours every day. And I could not love it more.
I just saw a motivational writing poster-thing today that was something to the extent of, write until it feels as natural as breathing, until it feels weird not to write. I don’t think I’m quite there yet, but I will say writing every day makes it SO much easier. If I go awhile without writing, my muscles feel rusty, the same as they would for any form of exercise. When I sit down to write every day it flows. My fingers can’t even keep up with it.
Does that mean it’s all good?! Of course not!! But it is fun and delightful and there are definitely a few sentences that I’ve re-read and thought, “damnnn that’s not bad.”
Can’t wait to see what it turns into! I’ve definitely planned this out pretty thoroughly, but I have to say at my core I’m a pantser instead of a planner. I like to see where the chapter takes me when my fingers are actually on the keyboard. I think my characters in Book Three might lead me on a few twists and turns.
Are you a pantser or a planner?? (and how darling are those terms, anyway?)
And here’s some writing inspiration for you, on this GORGEOUS spring day!
“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.” — Ray Bradbury
All my love,