The awesome co-hosts for the June 1 posting of the IWSG are SE White, Cathrina Constantine, Natalie Aguire, Joylene Nowell Butler, and Jacqui Murray!
It’s another last-minute post for me this week. The first Wednesday of the month seems to come so quickly, sometimes!
I’ve been busy–with life, mostly–and well, anyway… that whoosh? It was time getting away from me. I’m working on a revision, and on a new first draft. As usual, I’m fighting to write scenes in a chronological order, and get a cleaner first draft. And as usual, it’s not really working for me. Don’t get me wrong… I have words. I have a story, even. It’s just not exactly what I had in mind when I started. So, I’ll have to get it back on track, and figure out where the story I wanted to write went to.
The 52 Week Challenge is kicking my butt. I should be up to twenty-six short stories by now, and I’m not, but I keep plugging along. I’m getting more than my money’s worth out of it, at the very least.
June 1 question – When the going gets tough writing the story, how do you keep yourself writing to the end?
When I’m not sure where the story is going to go, I take a little time to outline the parts that I’ve already written. Sometimes, seeing the scenes in miniature and close together helps me to see the things I missed, when I was writing. The scenes you write a week apart aren’t as easy to compare as they should be, sometimes. Seeing them in outline form makes it easier to pick up the threads I dropped, and find my place.
It doesn’t always work.
Sometimes, I find problems with the story that aren’t something I want to fix, and I start over with something new, or just salvage the parts that I can fix.
And in other news…
I finally threw away my old folding keyboard. I could deal with it while it was just the… uhm… held together with tape thing. I could even deal with some of the less-popular keys not working. But it had reached the point that it didn’t reliably do w, s, or space-bar. And I’m a little bit sad about it. Strange how attached you can get to a tool.
The new keyboard should arrive sometime, today. It doesn’t fold, but it does have a built-in rechargeable battery, and I’m pretty sure they promised the space bar would work.
Do you have a super-secret writing tool I should look into? Something quirky that just works for you? Let me know.
Lori L MacLaughlin