I’ve always known that writing is an art, it takes dedication, long hours, and tons of concentration to make the words flow on the page. I’ve done articles in the newspaper and magazines, short stories and even dabbled in some poetry with modest success (that is, gotten published or honorably mentioned).
Novel writing though, that’s something I’ve found to be even harder than anything else I’ve come across. It’s also crazy intense, tons of effort, and much more draining than I ever thought it would be.
I have stayed up all night typing madly on my keyboard only to cup/paste most of what I’ve written to use for notes but not in the actual body of work. I’ve erases whole paragraphs just because I couldn’t get the subtle interactions correct. I’ve not been able to create a summery because I don’t have the whole plot-line thought up and have been so aggravated that I took a day to figure at least a tagline out. I’ve even woken up in the middle of the night with the answer swimming in my mind, thrashing to get out, because the last thought I had before falling asleep was “which brother was the pilot again?”
It’s also probably the most fun I’ve had with my writing in the past year.
That said, however, I recently found out taking a break from novel writing is a good thing. This past week my family and I went to the local state fair, located in Palmer. For four whole days I didn’t write a single paragraph in either my chapter five (my most recent one) or any of my little forays that will become a larger chapter. I did muse about a new character and I had to think up a tagline but for the most part there was no actual ‘typing madly away’ involved. I call that a successful break.
It was good to get away for a bit, to do something different and change gears for a while. I ended up writing some poetry… and for some good measure here’s two senryus I jotted down. (For those of you who don’t know, a senryu is a Japanese form of poetry and is similar to a haiku – short, sweet and to the point – but it’s different because the senryu does not have the 5-7-5 count, is usually talking directly about human nature and is humorous.)
I do not push my cat
away, as she sleeps
on my pillow.
Looking for my glasses
oh! Silly me,
they rest gently on my head.
Next weekend is the writers conference hosted by the Writers Guild (here’s a link if you want to see what I’m going to)! Expect more posts than usual!