I’ve been working on my novel this week. Yay!! It feels really great to be writing and getting so much done. However, it can be very frustrating writing 2 or 3 plot lines that must somehow coincide and be resolved at the end of the story. This frustration likely stems from me fighting with myself. But it is still very real.
I start writing about the main characters and forget that I have a couple of subplots going that are important to the story. Then I feel like I am back-tracking when I focus on writing the subplots. I know they are necessary to further the story and create a more rich novel. But I feel like I will never move forward. This feeling is ridiculous, of course, because each word written furthers the storyline. Nevertheless, I feel that way.
So, I thought about writing each plot line separately, then weaving them together. Not wanting to spend too much time on it if it is a crazy idea, I still thought it might be worth a try. Well, let me tell you, as soon as I started that tack, I knew I shouldn’t. There’s way too much to remember and trying to weave them together after the fact would be even more frustrating. These plot lines happen concurrently, so writing them separately is foolish.
I will just have to realize that, as frustrating as it might be, I am not losing ground when I return to a chapter or scene and add in subplot storyline. Either that, or I will have to learn to write the plotlines concurrently. Truth is, this experience of writing my first novel is a major learning experience. And, overall, I am having so much fun doing it.
Sometimes I think I will never have another idea for another novel or story or poem once I finish this project. I understand this is a common thought among new writers. But a lack of ideas is not possible for writers or any creative artist, unless you wallow in your doubts and fears.
Have you ever noticed that when you are writing your mind begins to explore and more ideas follow? Creativity is like you body, it needs exercise. Unfortunately, I can go for long periods of time without writing anything, so I really notice that when I do get back on track, the ideas just begin to flow, and I write more and more. For me, the trick is creating time to write. I get so caught up in other life stuff that I don’t get to it every day. I need to stop allowing that and make a promise to myself to carve out writing time, no matter what. I know writers who work on their projects late at night or early in the morning (I do that on occasion) and they are prolific writers. Then I see tweets from other writers who worry about the same thing as I do — will they ever have another idea?
Well, I think the amount of ideas you have is directly related to the amount of writing you do. These prolific writers never seem to run out of ideas. Creativity need exercise. Case in point — this blog post. I started with a kernel of an idea about 8 minutes ago, thinking I would finish this by tomorrow (Friday) and now I am up to 272 words. I wrote almost 1200 words yesterday in a couple of hours. So, exercise pays off.
Now I do have to keep up with household and life things, but the lessons of creating time to create are well-learned. In addition to the creative muscle getting stronger and more prolific, those endorphins kick in too and create happiness within. Just like physical exercise. Hmmm. Could be on to something here?
More writing equals more creativity. Let creativity overflow!
I have submitted my query letter to a major national publication for an article I wrote about a small group here on Kaua‛i that helps physically- and mentally-challenged people experience surfing. Wow…I can’t believe I’m actually doing this. It’s time, I suppose to dip my toes into the deep waters of a national publication and see what happens. One day, I hope to be published regularly in national publications, so I have to start somewhere, right? Of course, I am looking into other publications as well, but I wanted to. May as well take the leap. The worst they can do is reject my submission.
This is part of the dream I am living: working at home with my husband and writing my novel along with some poetry, articles, and essays from time to time. I am a writer! Excitement and dread filled my whole being as I clicked on the send button for that query. Yes, it was that deep for me. Aspiring to meet my goals, though, so satisfying!
After I have submitted queries (or whatever) to the other magazines I have in mind, I will go back to outlining the middle of my novel. That’s a different issue…I seem to be stuck at the beginning of the middle. I need to get my characters through the maze in a convincing, realistic manner. I feel like the stuff I am thinking about is too contrived, so I keep scrapping and starting new. Well, I suppose that is normal, right? It’s difficult to be satisfied with your own work. At least it is for me, it’s part of my writing life.