Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October IWSG--Dreaming and Dreading

Dreaming and Dreading. What a combination! However, that's where I am in my writing world. I'm dreaming of the day I can get back to my creative side. In fact, I've even told my husband that I feel like I'm losing my true self because it's been so long since I've been able to sit and write the way I used to. Free, fingers flying, characters and plots playing out in my head like a movie. I love that feeling!

This month is our writer's group writing retreat. 3 full days of no interruptions, and no excuse not to move forward on at least one project. I'm ready for it. I need it so bad, and yet I'm dreading it too. What if I get there and I can't find my creative side fast enough to take advantage of the situation?

I did okay at the spring retreat, but I was restless and took more "walks" than I think I put words on the page. I wish I could turn the writing side of me off and on. 

How do you put yourself in the mood when you have to get writing no matter what?

I plan on taking all my music and headphones, as well as download some of my pinterest inspiration board to get me started. Please tell me what else you do because I want to be over-prepared. 

October Question--When do you know your story is done?
This is going to sound dumb, but you just do. As a writer, you may not know where you'll end up, but you can feel it in your heart and soul when you get there. Your characters have become your best friends, gone through hell and back in one way or another, and at least for me, they've reached some form of resolution hinting at a happy ending. 

The harder question for me is--when is the editing done? I could tweak forever trying to get phrases, paragraphs, scenes and chapters perfect, but that will never happen. At some point I have to tell myself to let it go and move to the next story. 

What about you?

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