Saturday, March 21, 2009
what a week’s absence means
1) That the newly revised character never did stop talking.
2) That he rallied two more characters to his cause, and along with the protagonist, my head has been filled with chatter.
3) That two long days devoted to setting resulted in an enormous map now covering my bed.
4) That a familiar itch set in on Thursday. A very familiar itch.
5) That I decided to finish my outline one week sooner ...
6) I start writing on MONDAY and not a week from ...
7) I am panicking and feeling a bit overworked and resenting myself (as my sister pointed out: You’re your own boss, you decide when to do things, you don’t have to rush like this) ...
8) but the characters are still talking and pulling at my sleeves, and so maybe I can do this? Maybe I must?
Maybe I can be ready a week early after all? It seems that they always know better than I do when to take the plunge.
And the last things I want are characters who have spent all their words already. Others might know how to write fascinating novels about mutes: not I.