Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Writing Around the Edges

Today is a writing around the edges day. I leave in half an hour for a full day of clients starting at ten and ending at six. Then I rush to step-dot's junior high for the last band concert. So, I thought I'd share with you my writing around the edges kit bag that I will take with me so I can keep up my schedule and stay in the fictive dream!

Sturdy bag holding:

  1. big bound notebook that I keep my revision thoughts and time-line etc. inconcentrated manuscript (more for good luck at this point than something actually looked at!)
  2. revision notes from lots of blog sites (thank you Elizabeth S-C!)
  3. Plot & Structure  AND Revision & Self-Editing both by James Scott Bell
  4. A Canadian Geographic with good photos of Alberta (where part of the story is set) just to keep me inspired
  5. Lots of my fave pens...
I will work today on character stuff as plot stuff has to be done on my computer. So...I'm not following my schedule strictly - that is because I know how to be flexible!  I have quite a few things I want to explore. I'm deepening one of the main characters and need to give it lots of thought.
At one point I'll be going off to a doc's appointment. I will take the spiral notebook - not the whole kit!

What do you do when you have to write around the edges?


Mary said...

I have a similar bag minus items 3 and 4. I added them after reading this. For #5 I have a detailed travel guide.
I don't leave home without The Bag as I've been caught empty handed and that's too boring.

Giggles and Guns

Mason Canyon said...

My bag is a little different since I'm not writing a book. But my bag does contain a notebook for working on my blog topics, a calendar to keep up with my blog schedule, the current book I'm reading, and lots of pens. Oh and a mini recorder for taking notes while I'm driving. Best of luck today.

Thoughts in Progress

Words A Day said...

In work at the moment, just taking a look in this bag.... my kit consists of
@ E drive
@ dark red short story notebook
@ To do notebook (lists, deadlines...)
@A4 Envelope for submitting stories.
@Print out of last chapter of novel, grubby, folded in half.
@A minature bottle of Shiaparelli perfume, a writing prompt for a poetry workshop this morning.
@Biros, marker, technical pencils.
But wouldnt you know, i forgot my purse!

Watery Tart said...

Yay for being bendy!

I take my spiral notebook and pen, and with revisions, a binder clip with the section I am working with... blue medium point pens... Depending on stage, sometimes the folder with notes (my timeline for a first draft, a 'things to keep in mind' for later.)

Jan Morrison said...

Mary - yes, I like what the young woman gave as an answer to the question of why she kept a journal in the play 'The Importance of Being Ernest' "one should always have something facinating to read!"

Mason - I like the mini recorder thingy - I have one that a friend gave me and I used it at my step-dots concert tonight but I've never used it for note taking. I'll have to give it a whirl.

Niamh -I'm facinated with the bottle of Shiaparelli! I think I'll ask sometime soon what people use as totems, good luck pieces or sensory wake-ups!

Tartlett - oh, I like that you know what section you're working on. That would make my life easier!

I did get to write and there. In the doc's office primarily and I wrote out what is in my main protag's purse. ha! And who would play her in a movie (an older Ellen Page). fun.

Faith Pray said...

This is so much fun! I love peeking into your writing kit, and all of the other ones too!
I have several pens, lots of loose paper, sketches for a WIP picture book, and my spiral notebook.

Helen Ginger said...

I love the bag idea. I'm going to create one that I can grab and go. With all the computer problems I'm having, I need a work bag. Brilliant idea.

Jan Morrison said...

Hi Faith - the spiral notebook seems key! I'm intrigued with the sketches!
Helen - Thanks. I couldn't do without it. Tomorrow I'm accompanying a pal to a bunch of proceedures at the hospital. She'll be in and I'll be working away. Yahooey!