Thursday, July 15, 2010

Speed Writing--Update

Just as I promised, I tried out the Speed Writing last night. I had my six projects up and ready to go, a timer, a glass of water, my kids sleeping, etc. I was ready.

Round I: My first novel, one I have not even glanced at since January, 2009. Prologue... hmmm... just as I suspected, it sucked. But, amazingly, not one minute into the speed writing session, I knew exactly how to change it! It would solve my late-arriving villain, would introduce the Old English facet, and would set the creepy tone for the whole thing. Perfect! I started writing, modifying, filling the page with dialogue... the alarm went off, but I was almost finished with the scene! I couldn't stop now!

So, there it is. It took another 18 minutes to rough out the prologue, and as I started glancing through the first chapter, I knew exactly where I was going wrong. I have my project.

Yes, I set aside the five other projects. It's probably best for me to do this novel, anyway, for it is the roughest of the three, and once I rewrite it, I can set it aside while I revise #2 and #3, and hopefully have them all ready for publication soon. I am tired of having them languish on my laptop, though, so at least I'm moving on them actively.

Did the speed dating work? Yes, and no. I do have a project, but I also didn't really do the whole speed dating thing. I picked up the number of the first guy I met and walked out the door with him. That's me, not playing by the rules. I can certainly appreciate Jeff's knowledge that speed dating doesn't work for him. If I get in a bind again, I might try it, but I wouldn't be surprised if the outcome is the same.

Now to tackle that novel, and make it brilliant ;)

5 comments:

  1. I wrote for NaNoWriMo last year and I found the creative part of me taking over. The writing straight through to the finish was great.

    However, I don't like the "go back now and polish" phase as well.

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  2. And why did we think this would work? Hmm?

    Speed writing sounds almost as pointless as speed dating. You don't know a guy until you've been with him for at least a year.

    And you don't really know what's happening with a novel until you've made love to it for a while.

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  3. lol, just read your two speed writing posts, but out of order and I couldn't work out why you thought it didn't work - when it clearly did!
    Your aim was to get your enthusiasm back and find a new direction and that's what happened. Good for you. The cabbage story sounds interesting. :)

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  4. I certainly hope you at least had dinner together before becoming intimate again!

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