Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday Salon: Editing and emoting!

I'm thinking of...  Davide Restivo
Books that make you think. Workshops that make you think.  Lessons that make you think.   Is it ever possible to think too much?   When my brain overloads, it's time to sit down and watch some mindless television show, let it all stew, then start over again. Last night, I had an epiphany with my story Blue Steel  while trying to sleep. So instead of sleeping, worked on the scene in my head.  I now have a new Mid Point Crisis which works quite well.



How are my fellow rowers doing?  Find out here

The Savvy Authors Workshop Deep Story has been quite simply amazing.  Hubby say he thinks I'm learning more with this class than I did while finishing my Bachelor's degree.  Maybe. The thing is I can directly apply it to my manuscript and see results.  Finally figured out my 18 threshold scene structure once I quite trying to fit every single scene written into it and just deal with the main overall story throughline.  Which was the point of the whole exercise in the first place.  *facepalm*  Sometimes I make things difficult for myself.

Last night I went through all my notes, reorganized and changed some of the plot points to make more sense.  Which is probably why my brain had a hard time shutting down for sleep and I ended up writing scenes in my head.   Have moved on to next step which is determining what emotions and emotional responses want to provoke in each scene and figuring out what events will trigger each plot point, pinch point, turning point and emotional turning points.  Has your brain exploded yet?   Will be using The Bookshelf Muse Emotion Thesaurus to help me.  Quite a handy resource.

Sir John Edward Poynter "an Evening at Home"
I finished Ahab's Wife Friday night. Yes, I enjoyed it. It's one of those books that leaves you thinking and with the idea you'll want to revisit it because it so full and rich, it takes time to digest. Methinks I'll be getting the hard copy version so I can go back and reread and dissect portions at a time. It's not a light read so you have to be in the mood for it.

This week I'll be starting my c books for the 52 Books A to Z alphabet challenge. The Passage by Justin Cronin and Alafair Burke's Close Case. Will probably start with Cronin's book first which is a chunky book at 784 pages and ought to keep me busy a while. I'm slowly working my way through "Reading Like a Writer" by Francine Prose for writing craft study and just started Chapter 4. Plus I'm listening to J.D. Robb's In Death series in the car and currently on # 5 -  Ceremony in Death



So proud of myself. My team mates from Change Write Now have been great incentive and did the treadmill every day last week except for Monday.  Three cheers for me!!!   Networking though with my fellow rowers was a dismal failure so twenty lashes with a wet noodle.  Vowing to do better this week.    Still need to type up those last 20 pages so going to seriously try and get that done, if not today, then this week.

Check out Jennifer Blanchard's (formerly procrastinating writers) new site Inky Bites - Nourish your creativity.  She always has something wise or helpful to say. 

Happy Sunday!

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7 comments:

  1. a good week then - like the little figure in the pic. - you put me to shame getting a-z organised so well keep meaning to start- not got around to it yet!:( must do better - thanks for the link to theasorus might well find that useful - when I run my work through repeated words I struggle sometimes to find another one to replace the 2000000th repetion!!!

    keep smiling

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  2. I think you're doing wonderful. I have those ideas come to me in the middle of the night too. It's always better to let it flow than to try to ignore it. Great job this week. Don't worry about the networking. It'll come :)

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  3. The Bookshelf Muse is a cool resource, although I haven't actually *used* it yet. I keep thinking it would be brilliant for brainstorming a story from scratch, but I'm so busy with all the stories already in progress. :)

    Have a great week!

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  4. Sounds like you have so much going on in the ol' noggin and it's all good!! I'm hoping that my son gets some ideas from the websites that I sent him! Have fun this week!

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  5. I love the In Death books on audio -- I should get back to them. You are so organized -- I need to be more like you.

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  6. Hi, Robin! Thank you so much for the Bookshelf Muse shout-out! I use it myself, all the time, and I'm always so excited to see that it's helping other writers. It's also good to find another homeschool mom :)

    Becca @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  7. I always come away from your blog with something new to inspire me, something that fuels a need I hadn't quite known how to express. Thank you, Robin.

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