Mini break-through this morning. Hallelujah!
Here are two interesting links on the writing process – the first from Jay Lake:
Write first drafts more slowly. This cuts my raw throughput almost in half, though I’m still quite fast by most rational standards. What I do with the slowdown is watch the words and the sentences far more carefully. Where I used to deliberately avoid revision or correction while drafting, with the exception of gross typos, I’m trying to be a lot more thoughtful about what’s going on in the word layer, the sentence layer, the paragraph layer, the page and scene as a whole…
And Jeff Vandermeer’s Predator Novel Process:
It�s not like I didn�t think about all of the normal things one thinks about when writing a novel with my old process, but I do believe that if I can be more organized in advance, without losing that spark of inspiration and the layering effects I use, that there will be a great benefit to the work I do from here forward. I have no idea if it will be better work, but the process to get there will be different, and that will make things, ironically enough, more interesting for me. It may also make it easier for me to write, in that I may do even more organized thinking ahead about the writing instead of combining that process with a kind of stop-start on the actual drafting.
And finally, the wonderful Michaela sent me this picture! Cool!