Tuesday, November 17, 2009

In the zone

This is the part of writing that I love the most.

I'm smack dab in the middle of all kinds of crap going on with my characters. I don't know if potential readers will be as enthusiastic about this part of my work in progress when (or if) anybody ever sees it, but I know that I'm having a blast writing it.

I don't want to stop working. Even when it's 2 a.m. and I know I'm supposed to be up and trying to move toward my real job in six hours. Even when it's 2 p.m., and I know I'm not leaving my real job for the next three hours.

This is why I write, for these times like this. I like putting characters in all kinds of tough situations, and then trying to see if I can work them out of it -- all in 80,000 words or less.

It's what I like to call the Writing Rubik's Cube. Mess it all up, and see if you can get things right in the world. Sometimes, you can't but that's fine, too. Even getting one of those sides done correctly can be a victory of sorts, and not everything is always going to be perfect.


  1. Yes, love the analogy! It's exactly how it feels, except more fun and entertaining than a rubiks cube! I'm in the same stage now. Makes it hard to pull away! Can't wait to see how it turns out for you.

  2. You said it! I tend to get really really absorbed in writing around 10:30 at night... and it kills me to stop around midnight because I know I have to be up at 6:30 for work. And as much as I enjoy my "day job," you're right - nothing compares to that rush.