Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Sketching and Scheduling

Yesterday was a break in my writing/piano schedule, albeit a pleasant break to visit my birthmom, Sherry, and my brother, Jonathan, in Lexingon, NC, about three hours away.

Today, it's back to the grindstone, though it's hard to think of studying poetry, fiction-writing, and piano as a "grindstone." Weird, because I'm a harder taskmaster on myself than any boss or Real Job could ever be.

For fiction-writing, I'm only working on a couple of small goals for now:

1) Sketching--This is my way of getting back into the "swing" of fiction-writing. Fiction Writer's Workshop and Fiction Writing Step by Step, both by Josip Novakovich, both have a wealth of useful exercises for "jump-starting" sketches, so I've been using those books as starters. Not surprisingly, I've already found a few "seeds" in the sketches that I'd like to expand on when it's time.

2) Scheduling--It's been a very long time since I've sat down to write fiction on a regular basis. Even when I was working on the novel last summer, I was never really able to establish a regular "work schedule" for writing. My mind isn't used to having three hours every morning for creative writing. If I just sit down and sketch, with the help of Novakovich's books, every morning for a couple of weeks, I'll get used to the rhythm of it. Then, one magical day, it will feel completely natural to sit down and start writing, whether I feel like it or not.

I feel a little selfish in imposing such a schedule on myself. Part of me knows that I should visit with family more, volunteer more, etc. But if I don't impose this kind of schedule on myself, I'll never get into the habit of writing. I'll never get to the point where writing is a priority. And next thing I'll know, I'll feel the need to get a Real Job (even though we've budgeted for otherwise), and that'll be the end of the writing dreams, once again. I don't want that to happen.

Enough of blogging. Break is over. Back to the writing desk I go!

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