|He is risen!|
originally planned, I ended up rereading Charles Filmore's Keep a True Lent and book one of Thomas Merton's Bridges to Contemplative Living series "Entering the School of Your Experience."
I also found myself not wanting to read fiction for some odd reason, just couldn't get into any book. I started several non fiction books, multitasking away and after a while, realized I was having trouble writing fiction as well. Hmmm! Finally came to the realization, that fiction feeds my soul, both intellectually and imaginatively. My mantra - reading is as necessary as breathing. I've amended that - reading fiction is as necessary as breathing. It's not only an escape, but fills my brain with ideas. Non fiction - takes my brain down another path entirely. So, backing off and sticking with one non fiction book at a time. Who saved me: Nora Roberts, of course. She's my diva, the one author I will read anything she writes. Her latest "Chasing Fire" came out a couple weeks ago and I sat down to read it. Like taking in a breath of fresh air. Nobody does it better, in my humble opinion. My reading mojo is back. :)
It's also helped revive my writing. I was struggling with the story, thinking this is going nowhere. Yesterday I sat down and read the last few chapters I'd written of Red Thief. Yes, I know, everyone says, don't go back and read what you've written before you are finished because you'll want to edit it and blah, blah, blah. I was pleasantly surprised. The story flowed, made sense, it was all connecting. Father interrupted me in the middle of reading, to ask me a question and it was like getting snapped up out of book you are deeply entrenched in. It took me a moment to focus on him. What an awesome feeling, to know it was my own writing, that gave me that feeling.
I came across this video of Lady Gaga talking about her writing process and in it she said:
"All of the songs on the album, to be completely candid [were written quickly]. The creative process is approximately 15 minutes of vomiting my creative ideas, in the forms of melodies, usually, or chord progressions and melodies and some sort of a theme lyric idea. It all happens in approximately 15 minutes of this giant regurgitation of my thoughts and feelings. And then I spend days, weeks, months, years fine tuning. But the idea is that you honor your vomit. You have to honor your vomit. You have to honor those 15 minutes."
She reminds me so much of Madonna. When Madonna came out in the 80's with her songs, Like a Prayer and Like a Virgin, it created a furor. Now Lady Gaga is following the same path - the clothes, makeup, the sacrileges videos, the shock and awe. But underneath it all she has a voice and a presence. And when, like Madonna, she grows into her skin, she'll become herself. We'll get the real person, the real talent. Personally I don't know how she manages to stand up in those shoes. I'd have broken both ankles by now. But I digress.
So, I'm not going to sweat the small stuff and just keep plugging away. I remember when I saw David Baldacci and Lee Child at Bouchercon last year, even they said they don't always know how their stories are going to end. They pretty much wing it. I have a idea of how I want the story to end. We'll see what happens when I get there.
|Round 2: April 4 to June 23, 2011|
My goals for this week:
1) Write for half hour every morning on current WIP: Red Thief
2) Complete Week 9 in the Artist's Way
3) Research resources for Final Project page for Humanities class: subject George Bernard Shaw
Check out how everyone else is doing here.