10.22.2013

Pajama Pants and Novels

It's 2pm. I'm still in my pajama pants.

I've had way too much tea and "coffee" (I don't drink real coffee anymore (though I'm still a BIG fan) but instead drink an herbal coffee substitute that tricks my taste buds).

And my brain hurts.

BUT...

2,800 + words for the day later and I've finished my FOURTH novel!!!

 
***virtual confetti bomb***
 
 
I know I'm juggling a lot of projects right now (seriously, I already have my next novel idea knocking on the side of my head wanting to get out), but if I don't keep writing I will fall victim to the endless maze that is THE WAIT while being on submission.
 
In my mind, it looks a lot like this:
 
 
 
I stopped writing this novel to work on edits for another project. But my characters from the story I just finished would not leave me alone! I understand this sounds weird. Other writers will get it. And if you've ever read a book you couldn't put down because you HAD to know what was going to happen, you should get it too. The characters 'come to life'. You interpret their thoughts. Guess what they're going to do next. It's like that, but ten times more potent when you're the one writing the book and creating the characters. Lives are in your hands. Futures hang in the balance. Or in my case, on the side of a cliff on an island.
 
I tried to ignore them - my project on edit is muy importante.
But I couldn't.
Le sigh.
So I finished their story. It was beyond my control. Had to be done.
 
Now I'll go back to editing my other project without loose ends and feeling refreshed.
 
 
Back to work.

My latest novel is titled THE CASTAWAYS. If you want a taste, here's the Pinterest board.
 
*GIFs from Tumblr
 

 


12 comments:

  1. I've got a question for you. As a writer can you fully immerse yourself in someone else's book or do you find that it's too hard to remove yourself? (This is how I imagine actors have a hard time enjoying movies)

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    1. It totally depends Deidre. Since writing I've found myself immersed in several books, The Book Thief definitely taking the cake because It. Is. Awesome. BUT, not FULLY, at least not 100% of the time because that authorly party of my brain is always at work. Often times I'll be reading something and get pulled out of the story because I can see 'how they got there' or 'where they're going'. Sometimes I'm wrong and get to be surprised and humbled, sometimes I'm not.

      Also since becoming a writer, reading is a new source of inspiration for me (again, The Book Thief...oh if I could spin such beautiful sentences!), it sparks ideas and all sorts of how to's (and how not to's). I used to avoid reading while I was drafting for fear I'd be influenced by another author's writing, but now I'm the opposite. Reading while writing is a wonderful way to get my wheels turning.

      Thanks for reading my blog yo! ;)

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    2. *part not party, though sometimes it feels like a party in there.

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    3. i was so curious about that. i would hope it wouldn't take the magic away because i seriously can't imagine a world without books.

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  2. Congratulations on the safe delivery of your fourth book! Thank goodness no cigars need be smoked... I'm about first trimester on mine, lol.

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    1. Thanks Rhi! Congrats on your 1st trimester...no morning sickness I hope! ;)

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  3. I love that gif! The Labyrinth is awesome. And congrats on the birth of your new book baby. I will deny outright that I have 16 novels on my hard drive. lol. It's a good way to distract yourself from the waiting. I agree. I'm doing the same! Can't wait to read!!!!

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    1. 16 novels?! Are you kidding me?! You're a machine woman. Can't wait for you to read - thanks!!!

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  4. Yay for writing and projects and a creative source that demands we respond. You are a dedicated muse recipient!

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  5. I love that movie! Cute post. New follower here, and I look forward to visiting again.

    Sylvia
    http://www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

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