Somewhere between grading, lesson plans, curriculum, and the general pull-my-hair-out stress that comes with the beginning of the school year, I lost myself.
All that was left of me dissolved into my job. Still–and I hold true to this–never a day without a word! I crawl into bed exhausted, cuddle up with a notebook, and write, write, write because there is no therapy like word therapy. I have literally been sleeping with notebooks.
But today…I got to wear my writer’s hat in the daylight.
The expertise and enthusiasm of the presenters at our workshops gave me the little kick I needed to get back on the book train. There are too many “best parts” to count, but Roxanne St. Claire’s workshop on scene revision definitely resonated with me. We share a similar revision process which I won’t go into detail about, but it was good to hear that I’m not the only one who stops in the middle of her first draft and goes back to rewrite it from the top.
On that note, I’m returning to my latest WIP, mid-draft revising it for the second time and writing (finally!) to the end. So here’s to finding myself again, buried deep in the words.
Have you ever been to a writing conference? If so, what’s the best piece of advice you learned there?
Michelle Joyce Bond
All my life, I’ve had this dream where eventually–if I’m crazy-lucky–I’ll get to stay home all day and write. But then I have days off…and almost nothing gets done. It’s a perfect world right now where I’m burning at both ends because the most and best writing is done after dark. 🙂
I’ll be turning 29 this week, but aside from planning a huge Logan’s Run themed party (due to take place a year from now), I haven’t given much thought to what I’ll do with my last green year. So, here goes my abbreviated goodbye-to-my-roaring-twenties “bucket list.”
1. recline in a random field of authentic wildflowers
2. swim in another ocean
3. network with more writers, getting to know them and their work
4. read a ton of excellent books–can’t stop adding to my Goodreads list!
5. maybe–hopefully–get on the road to publication with my last book (in which I play with time)
6. write the fun, cynical, existential, paranormal romance I just started (in which I play with space)
7. write a ton of awesome curriculum
8. make life-long readers and writers out of some young minds
9. get out of the country and see something amazing
10. stop…and look around
What do you think? Anything I should add?
By the way, if you’ve never seen the 70s cult classic Logan’s Run, look it up. It’s one of those movies that, at times, is so bad it’s good, but it’s concept is one that always stuck with me. In the simplest terms, Logan is a ” sandman” who lives in a post-apocalyptic, dome city. His job it is to kill people over the age thirty who don’t willingly self-destruct at “carousel.” See it!
Michelle Joyce Bond
It’s that time again–to stare off into space like I’m catatonic…and then move like a whip, snatching up the first sticky note, receipt, torn envelope, or candy wrapper to blow in my direction. I’ll turn over my purse, spilling markers, Sharpies, and broken pencils on the floor (wondering briefly what my cat did with all the pens), and then I’ll tear at the paper scraps until the words let me go.
Next, I’ll tape all the scraps in a notebook and write around them…past them. I will eventually run into the more attractive sister of my first idea, and build her up. Up!
Five different colors of ink. Sophisticated cursive on one page and animal scratches on the next. Staple surgery and pages torn from other notebooks. That’s my little monster.
Now, time to share. How do you get down ideas? Do you keep a “little monster?”
Michelle Joyce Bond
So as not to get bored during the course of my brief rant, please imagine a horde of adorable rabbits breaking into your room with a boom box and proceeding to dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Good? Okay.
Write to entertain–it’s your job. Even if you write an article to inform, you need to keep your audience alive. Play on their emotions. Tickle their bones–funny or otherwise. Scare them. Shock them. Make them uncomfortable.
This goes for blogs as well as books. If you’re reading this, I gather you have a blog. Whatever its purpose, play to your audience. One cannot write well in a vacuum. Words keep getting sucked into the dust bucket where they swirl around in a suck storm of writing that stays inside of you and never makes it into the hearts or minds of your readers. Remember why you’re posting. It’s not just as a reflection of yourself (or ideal self). It’s another way of communicating or connecting with other human beings, and you must have patience with us. We are flawed, myopic, and ADD. Give us some brain candy, and we might listen.
If you have any thoughts to add on thIs topic–or that of dancing rabbits–please post below. 🙂