Feb. 11th, 2011

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I believe I mentioned in my last post that I was feeling somewhat frustrated with the final scene of my novel. I wanted to end it one way, but as my mind turned over the way I started the scene I didn't like how it started. Writer's block set in I suppose, and I found myself unable to wrap my head around a different way of doing it.

Last night as I rocked my youngest child to sleep an idea broke through. I seem to get pretty good ideas while rocking her. Must be the quiet and the rhythmic movement. I'll be rocking her until she's 15! LOL. I have also been reading a lot more, one of my favourite authors, Diana Gabaldon. If you are unfamiliar with her writing, she is very descriptive, occasionally bordering on overly descriptive. I don't mind as I love the way she sets a scene and gives the reader a perfect picture of what's happening. I'm not as good as her at describing things, which is fine because I don't want to copy her style. At the same time reading her prose gives me better ideas of how to describe scenes and actions in my stories.
As I rocked the baby the characters started conversing, recreating the final scene from the beginning. As they did so I could really see their movements and expressions. I could sense their emotions much better than before. Finally one of them changed what they had done and the breakthrough came. After I put the baby to bed I went right downstairs, grabbed my alphasmart and finished the book. YAY.

I'm happy with the story I created. It is certainly not perfect, and editing is going to be some work. Still I'm pleased with things like pace and plot. Setting and characters need to be worked on more before I'll be happy with it.

After I got the final piece of the document on my computer I sent it off to my friends to read. I can't wait to hear their feedback, though it is mostly in the form of "i liked it!" or "i didn't like this or that." I'm very happy to have given them a conclusion, albeit 2 months after the last installment they received. oops.

So now.. Editing. I already started a list of things I want to work on. I really want to get my document into Scrivener. Breaking it into pieces helps me a lot. I'm not going to press myself though. It's not like I have some sort of deadline. Other stories are knocking on the door to my imagination trying to worm their way back into the spotlight. Particularly Penny's story, for which this blog is named. I'll get to you, Penny dear. Let me just get through this work day first....

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