Sunday, December 17, 2006

Treading Pages

For any regular visitors, it may seem as if there is a dearth of writing-related posts on this blog. There's a good reason for that. It's because there is a dearth of writing going on in my life.

Believe me, I have the best intentions. I told my husband I wanted scheduled, dedicated time to write this weekend, but then Saturday I had a disruptive sinus headache, and today, even a chunk of thirty minutes just never materialized. I'm not one of those people who can just write in two-minute spurts. I need to 'get my head in the game', so to speak. I need that transition time between the real world and my imaginary world. So I need that chunk. Well, I'm not getting it!

However...I have put those little 'spurt minutes' to good use. I bought Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and have started reading that nifty little handbook. And the illustrious Jennifer Crusie has started blogging again! Her post on Narrative Cartography was, I thought, inspired. It was another way to look at your WIP during revisions (where I am stalled out now) to try to weave and mesh and braid everything together. I have to say, Jenny never disappoints--I take something from every little snippet, every little quote, every article she puts out there. So when's she's talking, I pay attention.

Hopefully, tomorrow I'll get my chunk.


Christine said...

I hear you on not being able to write in little bursts like that. I need at least an hour of uninterrupted time to get anything worth while out. Unfortunately, busy lives aren't kind to us. I hope today works out better for you!

Trish Ryan said...

Hang in there...and keep fighting for the time. Strunk & White is one of the few books that (in my opinion) counts as "writing" even though it's reading. I always find myself a humbled but better writer each time I take in a few of their pages!

And thanks for the Jennifer Cruisie update - Yay!

Sara Hantz said...

I can write in short bursts.... but I'm haaving trouble settling to it at the moment.... too many other distractions.

I'm just off to check JC now!

Fingers crossed you can get some done today... but don't beat yourself up over it...

Jenny Rough said...

There's something about the crazy month of Dec. that makes it hard to find writing time. Good luck!

Stacy said...

That's a great blog entry from Jennifer Crusie. Thanks for posting it.

Good luck with the future writing. I'll be suffering with you as I begin major revisions in January.