I'm late...I'm late...words I'm living by.
And it is my favourite thing - to write a little post for the monthly meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group!
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
December 1 question - In your writing, what stresses you the most? What delights you?
What stresses me the most in my writing? Uh, self-doubt. I'm never much worried about the writing itself - I like my writing style - but seeing something like a novel all the way through and making sure the structure and story is both coherent and clear gives me a pain in the patootie. Right now I'm working on answering the first questions, comments and suggestions my editor made. I will have this first pass done by Friday but I worked on all the easy stuff first and am now faced with some of the muddles I need to unmuddle.
What delights me most in my writing? Getting into a zone where everything else disappears and I'm lost in the story of it all. I love the revision process for this. It is where I can unloose the inner editor dog and have at it. Until I'm there it is all much too fragile. Now I can go in hammer and tongs. I know it is solid - it isn't going to go away leaving me with the memory of a dream - our relationship is good and can take a little rough. Then when all the barnacles are scraped off and the story line makes good sense I can polish and tinker with the language - go in and freshen up the metaphors, take out the repetitions - find the gold. All fun to me.
On another note I went to Labrador this past month for a couple of weeks - so lovely there and I was there during the same time as my novel is set. Here is a photo from a former time of me at a pal's cabin.