Monday, May 31, 2010

Start of Summer

Happy Unoffical Start to Summer!  I've had a crazy first half of the year.  Work's been insane.  Very busy with a big project which has completely derailed my writing.  But, something amazing happened this weekend...I started writing again...something that I've not done since around Thanksgiving.  I got only about 700 words in, but it's better than the 0 I've gotten the rest of year...and the 700 words is net...there was a bunch that I had to rip out and I'll be working more tonight, which is great.  I finally feel like being creative again, which I've missed.  It's a funny thing to miss writing.  I knew that I could open up my document on the computer and stare at that blinking little line and maybe put words next to each other, but I was just wasn't feeling it even though I missed writing.  Weird, I know.  But today!  Today, I went to the Coffee Studio and put good ones next to good words and ripped some not so good ones out and thought of a much better progression and minor character development.

Other than the writing, things are going okay.  I'm time sharing a sailboat, which is heaps of fun and might require the addition of pirates into my novel.  Well, not the current WiP as it's all plotted out, but maybe the next one! That's me sailing the boat off to the side.  It's so relaxing...I feel like I'm on a vacation even though I'm still at home in Chicago.  I even have the horible vacation tan line complete with sun burn.  Not fun, but worth it.

It's been exciting to follow/lurk on everyone's blogs over the past several months.  Many people that were just figuring it out as I was are now getting agents and book deals which is crazy exciting!

So, everyone out there, how has it been?  How is your summer shaping up and how is the writing going?

9 tidbits:

PJ Hoover said...

Yay for you that you started writing again! That is huge! Best of luck with it this summer!

Charles Gramlich said...

Congrats on getting back into the groove. I have to say that your new background makes it very hard to read for me, though. I could barely find the "post a comment" line.

I'd like to hear more about the sailboat experience. I've always thought I'd like that.

Lauren said...

@PJ- Thanks! I am so glad that I finally feel like writing again!

Lauren said...

@Charles- What browser are you using (IE/Firefox/Safari)? It's suppose to have white in the middle over top the background. So if you tell me your browser I can look into why that browser isn't doing it right. If you go to "Help" in your top menu bar and select the "About" Option it should tell you the name and the number. I would really appreciate knowing so then I can fix it :)

Also, I will for sure be blogging more about sailing. We have the boat about once a week throughout the summer.

stu said...

Yes, you can't really force being creative when you don't want to, even though lots of people try (including me).

Christina said...

I now know what a Florida summer is like. Congrats on getting back into the game.

Still trying to get the work in top shape.

Bernita said...

I aM SO GLAD you are writing again.

Barbara Martin said...

Remember to save those bits that aren't quite right in your story. You may be able to resurrect them later with a little tweaking.

Lauren said...

sorry for the late reply back to everyone...

@stu- I think that you can force creativity but not motivation and it is the second one that I've had troubles with not because I didn't want to be motivated but because of crazy hours at work. I guess I had a choice to make...and now my choice is to be motivated to have a better balance between work and everything else.

@christina- I'm glad that you are still working on getting to tip top shape :) Good luck on the endeavor :)

@bernita- Thanks :) Let's see if I stick it out :-P

@barbara- That's great advice. I'm ripping out a few chapters here and will make sure to save it. You never know :)

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