Thursday, March 31

Getting Back to Basics

"The More I Learn, the Less I Know"

I know I've heard that phrase somewhere, and man, does it have to be quite so true?? Back before I learned the techniques of writing - and there is PLENTY for me to still learn - I had great creativity. Ideas where everywhere, characters danced in my head... it was a great life. All I had to do was jot them all down and work on my current MS. I rarely dealt with writer's block, of course I rarely stayed with one MS long enough to get any blockage.

In trying to fix that problem I slammed head first into a dozen more. Now I worry about pacing, character development, GMC, the hero's journey.... blah, blah, blah. All during my first draft. And I think that's where my problem is. Yeah, of course I should worry about all that some, but I am a natural born pansters, and I've bound and gagged my creativity so much it's rebelled against me. I need to just get back to the basics. Enjoy writing again. Let it flow from my fingers and worry about all the details AFTER I get that first draft banged out.

So this is me. Getting back to the basics. Back to when I knew more and less at the same time.

Wednesday, March 30

A Quick "Hello Again"

I know... I know. I've been gone for 5 months (or something along those lines). Some of you probably forgot all about me. Hell, maybe I did a little, too. With everything going on, I think I could have forgotten my kids. Or was that wishful thinking. O_o

Oh, I'm teasing. Mostly.

If it weren't for a lovely, yet concerned, email from Elizabeth, I probably wouldn't have realized how long I'd actually been gone. So I've returned from the dead, so to speak. Brain dead. I could sit here and list a ton of excuses for my absence, but - really - why bother. I was gone, I'm back now, and the only thing left to do is get back in the groove of writing and posting on a regular schedule.

So this is me, sticking my toe in the water and testing the temperature. I'll be back soon to dive right in.