What makes you write or create whatever art form you create?

Can you break it down,  dissect it?

I have some theories about my many muses, but it is hard to pin down to just one –

First, it seems that I love to communicate.  My writing group has been my greatest sounding board for the past eleven years and sharing my thoughts, experiences and stories with the three of them has been a constant source of writing urge. There were weeks when I wrote to have something to take to group and weeks when I finished drafts to have something polished to critique.  I am forever in their debt for any growth I’ve made in my craft, they looked at so many versions of too many of my pieces.  And they never whined, at least not out loud!

Second, I love the physical action of writing.  I sometimes try to think without a pen or keyboard in my hand and find it daunting.  I actually think better when writing.  Would that be called kinesthetic/linguistic? It makes me feel good.

Third, I love the reactions of an audience.  Today I reworked a little story I’ve been kicking around for more than ten years to try to give it more of a punch.  Why?  Well, there’s a little “story slam” coming up at the beloved Volcano Art Center and I need some material that will make the audience laugh.

Fourth, some sort of creative urge. I’ve only created one of my kids (from scratch, I  mean) and I feel like I have a lot of creating left in me.  Is that weird?

What makes you create?


Week Three- Rocking along!!

So, there I was in my van at my favorite overlook revising and some thoughts were rolling around in my head.

Here’s One:  What should I be doing with this blog that I’m not? My readership has fallen off since summer and I’m not feeling the love. This could be because my blog is boring and self centered.  I know lately I’ve only been reporting my challenges and successes as far as time management and revision.  But even when I asked if anyone wanted to read the book…I only got one decent response. And then I came home and checked the blogs I read on google.  And, just to prove that you get what you ask for…

Mentoring opportunity!!!

How awesome would that be?  An experience literary blogger whose work I love (have YOU been to Bookshelf Muse.com lately?) who could mentor me on my online platform, query letters, getting published, ETC!!!  So, here I am working on winning this opportunity!  I think it’s by random drawing..but you know I’m the “luckiest girl in the world”..so I guess, if it’s meant to be..it WILL!

Writing report:

Tuesday 9/14:  I had a special meeting that started later than usual, so I squeezed in 1/2 hour Before Work, 1/2 hour at lunch break and 15 minutes at home for a grand Tuesday total of 1 hr 15 minutes.  Must have been a hard-working day since my friend Dar Mashino was laboring away to produce little Dylan!  Congrats to Dar and Dayne!

Friday 9/17:  Poetry Slam at Volcano Art Center– got home at 9, everyone was asleep and I was stoked!  I worked for 1 1/2 hours!!!

Saturday 9/18:  Today- DH and the family let me sneak out to the overlook for 3 hours, 45 minutes!!!

I’m excited and making real progress on the revision of the novel.  Of course, the more I work, the more I see.  It’s a little like cleaning. Move something..dirt under there..clean that..more dirt next to it..

So, when I finish this revision based on the complete readthrough on my Kindle, I want to do one or two more “fly overs” adding metaphors/similes and doing a final spell/grammar check.

I hope to be on that read through very soon…I’ll just keep on finding time where I can!

National Novel Writer’s Month is coming up in November..another novel will be written..and I want this one completely done before then.

Week Two: I can do this!

When we’re running home from preschool, my three year old Littlest says, “You can do this Mommy!!”

And when I’m tired and busy with minutiae with no time for writing, I say to myself, “You can do this!!” in her cute little voice which is so full of confidence and positivity.  I think I can, I think I can!

I have almost met my goal for this week (finish the current Kindle read through).  I am reading the final chapters and can’t wait to see what happens.  Rereading what I write is kind of fun after I’ve been away from it for a while because I can happily pretend I just downloaded it and don’t know the ending.  Yes, one has to suspend some disbelief, but it’s doable.

This week’s goal is almost met which leads to next week’s goal of fixing up all the things I’ve  discovered during this read through.  Yes, there are quite a few rewrites needed, especially in that middle to end section.

But I’m really looking forward to the 9/20 goal of having it read by some First Readers.  Since the cool people at Createspace.com can create a book like version of my book for $3.50, I’m toying with the idea of buying four or five printed copies for a few select people who I know can give me great feedback on what else needs to be changed.  I’ll definitely give copies to my Writing Group, but I was wondering if any of my loyal blog minions would like to be First Readers.  If you do, send me an email, a facebook message or a comment.  Thanks!!

Week One: Writing Happens!

I’m stoked.  My plan didn’t work perfectly, but altogether this week I was able to work for 4 hours and 30  minutes.  Never mind that the four hours happened today and the 30 minutes is an accumulation of the entire week.  That isn’t nearly as important.

I was able to email my book to free.kindle and they sent it back in “kindle” format and I USB’d it to my kindle.  Yippee!

So I’ve been reading it like a “real” book and making notes on the Kindle where there are grammatical errors or other issues.

Monday 8/30:  12 minutes before being called by a dear friend who I needed to talk to.

Tuesday 8/31:  Tried, but fell asleep

Wednesday 9/1:  Forgot all about it.

Thursday 9/2:  Maybe 15 minutes

Friday 9/3:  My eyes kept on shutting

Saturday 9/4:  Fell Asleep

Sunday 9/5:  815-1215 Writing time in the National Park–  DH went hunting Friday night and didn’t get home until 1230 on Saturday (19 hours!) so he thought I’d better have some writing time this weekend.  Yippeee!  That works great for me.  On three-day weekends it’s very do-able.  Two day weekends feel so short.

Today I read almost half of the book.  Good news:  I like it!  Bad news:  There are still a few parts that need rewrites and editing.  Maybe two more read throughs until I’m done.  I feel like a mother trying to wean her first-born in order to conceive the second.  (Yes- this is purely metaphorical.  I’m getting ready for NaNoWriMo in November- a new novel!!)

I worked in my van at my favorite lookout until it got warm and I got sleepy.  Then I moved to sit on a boulder under a tree, my new secret hideout!

Another theme I’m noticing in the novel is how technology affects detection (police work).  My main character thinks he has to explain Facebook, little does he know the police have been trained in how to use it.  I wonder if our police officers have been?

Goal for this week (9/6):  Finish complete read through.

Goal for the week after (9/13): Make revisions needed

Goal for the week after that (9/20):  Share printed (or Kindled) book with “first readers”