A New Project

21 01 2013

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This has been a month of major deadlines–a YA historical due to the editor mid-month, 60 articles on children’s and YA authors, and a 3-sample-chapters request from a book packager. Plus NaNo–which got a bit sidelined with all the traveling for the holidays. I met all my deadlines and am now ready to start on a new project.

It’s temporarily under wraps, but I’ve started some research and hope to get a lot done on it over the next month or two. I’m working with a great collaborator (it’s actually her idea that we’re working on). It’s great to work with someone so enthusiastic and supportive!! Can’t wait to see what we produce together. And thank heavens for the Internet and cell phones as we live on opposite sides of the country.

Right now I’m in the fun stage of the project–the preparation. It always reminds me of getting ready for the first day of school. The blank pages of new notebooks and smell of sharpened pencils and unused crayons. The anticipation part of the process. The adrenaline charge when everything is fresh and new and anything can happen.

So much of writing is just showing up to the page, churning out word counts, ignoring carpal tunnel syndrome and stiff necks. So before the newness wears off and the dull dailiness sets in, I’m taking time to revel in the broad expanse where anything can happen and usually does. This is when magic happens.

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Ghostwriting

9 01 2011

I began a totally new project in December–ghostwriting a romance. I’ve ghostwritten nonfiction, but this is my first attempt at working from someone else’s synopsis. That’s been a challenge.

I find that my brain starts popping out kernels of ideas until I have bowls full of popcorn, but I have to sweep more than half of it in the trash because it doesn’t fit the outline I’ve been given. I’m convinced that my additions would make for a better, stronger story, but they’d take the book in a totally different direction.

I guess writing to a preset outline is good discipline, as is setting aside several hours a day to work on fiction writing, but I wonder if my creative brain will suffer if I constantly ignore its ideas and directives. Any thoughts?