Monday, November 30, 2009

In the gray area where the pictures become words

Floating eyes, mist and a hunched figure in the background Pictures, Images and Photos
I didn't win NaNo... but I sure did step in it.

I'm in deep now with my new novel. The story came in glimpses.... and as I wrote the pictures forced themselves out of me from behind my eyes. The words crawl... forming the story, fully realized and aching. If I could write straight through I'd finish by the end of the week.

But life gets in the way. Life that I need to help me with the reality of writing. The smells and sights and sounds that breathe into my characters. The life that shows me how a coffee cup feels when you wrap your palm around it, or the way a chair sounds when it falls back. Or how a teenager fights the urge to cry.

So I am in the gray. Little by little, key stroke by key stroke the words move the mist aside giving me true pictures of my lovely new people and the world they inhabit.

Thank you god.

So, I've been mourning (see last post) and missing... because I'm writing. And still waiting on news about my full, polished novel out in the world.

I am reading blogs, and posting here... but commenting less. I'll be back. I promise! Until then... YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYA!!!!!!!!!!!

In it to win it. I am.

25 comments:

  1. OMG, that looks like a ghostly wolf about to attack!

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  2. Good luck Suzy! Life does have a habit of getting in the way - but where would we be without it :)

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  3. I didn't win NaNo either, but it did give me a jump start to my next novel, so I'm right with you there.

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  4. well, then you won something for yourself, didn't you? :0) I'm glad to hear your in it to win it. You go girl :0)

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  5. Sorry you didn't win NaNo, but at least you are writing. Just keep trudging along!

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  6. I love the way you describe the writing process--the need to be otherwhere but here as well to ground the ungroundable. Keep going deep, because you always bring up treasure.

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  7. Yay!!! If you are in it to win it then you will for sure!!!! Be blessed girl! :o)

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  8. Love the way you describe those interruptions to the writing life! I needed to hear that! They are sights and sounds that breathe life into writing! Thank you!

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  9. Keep at it. Life has a funny way of distracting us from our fantasy's. *sigh*

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  10. I love how you incorporate life into your writing. That is awesome. :)

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  11. At least you have your priorities straight. Can't write what you know if you've been locked away in your little writerly bubble so long you've forgotten what living feels like.

    You are in it to win it!

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  12. someone won nano? what does that mean? I say you are a winner if you even tried. it's impressive.

    and, i'm thrilled that you are loving your new work. it will come - bit by bit. that's the beauty of our craft.

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  13. You'll get there. And don't sweat NaNo. I'm not. You're awesome! I hope you hear some good news soon!

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  14. This "life getting in the way" theme has been cropping up all over the place recently. 'Tis the season, and all that.

    And yet, as you note, it's our everyday lives that provide the fodder for the fiction. Can't have it both ways...

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  15. You know what, I like writers who live first and write later. And also I'm DYING to know what's going on with your gorgeous novel out in the world. Keep us posted!

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  16. I am a frim believer that life should get in the way of writing at least a little bit each day. I too am waiting to hear your news about your book walking around in the wide world of Agent Land. Keep us posted :)

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  17. Write when you can write, Suzy. It's the most important thing.

    Secretia

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  18. Cant wait to hear a status update on your novel out in the world. And good luck with it.

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  19. You got a lot of writing done and that's what counts. Sounds like you did well.

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  20. "key stroke by key stroke the words move the mist aside giving me true pictures of my lovely new people and the world they inhabit."

    Lovely line! I didn't make it either, but still, I write. Best of luck with the novel that's out there.

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  21. Sorry life is in the way, I hear you. Keep on doing what you're doing

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