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WIP Wednesday and Blogfest Reminder


I've been a woman possessed this week.  Since last Wednesday, I've added 12k words to my WIP.  Hollah!  I wish I could tie up my muse and force him (yes, he's male, I write romance, people) to stick around until I finish this thing--but he doesn't respond well to threats.  So I will exploit him while he's here and get everything I can out of this streak.


I'm also happy to report that during this streak I've been able to just write without that b*tch of an internal editor (yes, she's a chick) holding me back.  I know that I'll have to go back and revise and tighten up motivations, inject better words for the place-holding adverbs and weak verbs, and deal with how best to arrange the chapters in this dual timeline story, but the story  is On. The. Page.  Which is most important for me right now.  I'm still not sure how long this one will end up being, but I'm thinking another 20-30k will get me to where I want to go.

 Then I can enter my favorite part of the process--revising.  (Yes, I know, I'm insane to enjoy that part.  But once I have a rough draft, my anxiety level decreases and my mind can relax and see the story more clearly.)

Alright, now a friendly reminder: next Tuesday is the Let's Talk Blogfest!  We have seventy people signed up, so if you want to be part of the cool kids, go here and sign up.  It's going to be a lot of fun and get can all kinds of new people to your blog (and there's even a prize involved).  For those of you who have signed up--thanks--and I hope you've got your excerpt ready.  I look forward to reading everyone's contributions.  :)

So, how's your WIP going?  What's the gender of your muse or internal editor?  Do you find you write in big bursts then hit a wall and have to wait for the next streak to hit or are you more methodical?


**Today's Theme Song**
"Don't Go Away" - Buckcherry
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Reader Comments (16)

My muse is female, but my internal editor reminds me of Jack from Will and Grace. He is my sassy gay internal editor. He and I would be great friends if he would just shut up for a while and let me write ;)

May 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGeorgia

My internal editor is definitely female. My muse? I'm not sure. I struggle to get inspiration. Especially lately. I have to just sit there and force the words to trickle out of me into the screen. Wish I had your streak.

I'm still thinking about the blogfest. I just don't know if I have any dialogue that's worthy of such a thing.

May 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie McGee

Good work! 12K.. that is awesome.

May 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJm Diaz

Good job! I am looking forward to the blog fest. I'm trying to get to the end of my WIP, but it seems to be taking a loooong time.

May 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Congrats on all that verbage!!! My WIP is going S to the LOW. My muse is male and British...and I definitely write in big bursts then hit the wall. I'm off to look at the Blogfest info. Happy writing :)

May 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

My muse is Thor, the god of thunder. I don't have an internal editor voice, male or female. But Thor definitely gets in my face, and he doesn't like to be ignored. I used to write in bursts, but now I'm a lot better at writing daily with some level of consistency. Making it a habit makes a huge difference!

May 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmalia T.

Hi Roni,

Interesting post. Muse...hmmm..I write children's fiction and my muse must be the child I was and the child I still am...

May 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarole Anne Carr

Love this and congrats on the creative burst. My muse is Jack Bauer. He needs to be to put up with the abuse he gets. :-D

My muse keeps me on self-medication. It's a cluster of worms who can mimic any voice they please.

They used to sound like King, flippant and arrogant and crass.

Then they sounded like, gosh, I don't know who. Different. More calm. Mellow. More mature.

Nowadays they're sounding a bit like Cormac McCarthy after a few beers.

My editor doesn't exist. I don't have one. I write it, and that's how it is, by goddengolly. I'll listen to that nagging voice who says it's confusing, or something is simply not correct, but for the most part, I write it, proof it, delete it, re-write it, proof it, delete it, repeat several times, and eventually just stop writing because that's exactly the way I wanted it in the first place.

Done. On to the next piece.

This explains a lot about my doctor's concern for me.

- Eric

May 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEric W. Trant

Go girl. Good for you. I looove that place where the words are flowing out and all you have to do is sit there with your hands on the keyboard. You're right, the muse works in spurts. Get everything you can out of it ;)

May 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMBW aka Olleymae

I'm having great progress with my book and soaking it up as best I can-no holding back when you've got the drive!

I have no internal editor, which is a bummer, because it makes editing absolutely crazy/ineffectual. :(

Oh well.

May 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOddyoddyo13

You're talking my lingo girl friend with the revision thing. It takes all I got to vomit out a first draft. Just getting the general idea on paper (screen). Maybe if I had a muse, it wouldn't be so difficult.

I'm sure I'm best friends with my internal editor. I like the witchy types; cynacism suits me. Maybe it not so much an editor, but a what if speculator.

My poor fantasy is languishing for lack of muse, editor, or speculator. Oh the shame. .


May 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna Hole


May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTina Lynn

My muse is my MC - begging to have her story told :-)

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

My internal editor is female, smarter than me, and wears Laura Ashley (she's out of date because that's what the editors wore when I worked in book publishing in the late eighties/early nineties)...she's very tough and she makes it almost impossible for me to meet my word count!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMJR

My WIP is coming along in fits and starts. I may have to convert from a pantser to someone who outlines ... at least for this WIP because it's demanding one.

May 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMoira Young

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