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Green Room - Week 4 - Day 7

I was listening to the Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls) interview on The Writers Panel podcast on the way into work this morning and he was talking about his process.

Still not done with it, but I took note when he pointed out that the old "A Writer Writes" should be "A Writer Writes ANYWAY" and talks about the challenges that writers create for themselves to keep going and make things interesting. In occurred to me that Idol itself is one of those challenges.

He also said that the first thing he will do for a novel is write the last line. Not "this is how it ends" but rather the "this is the emotional goal", so he knows where the book needs to go.

How do YOU start new writing project? What have you found to be the most successful "entry point" for your work? Does it change or is it fairly consistent?

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How was your weekend?

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Have you been reading the entries for this week? http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/966583.html Who should be getting more love than they are currently receiving? What are the things you suggest folks take the time to read (if they are on a busy schedule and can't get to everything). Make sure to spread the word. Just don't say it here... say it anywhere you can!

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murielle
Jan. 9th, 2017 04:06 pm (UTC)
Weekend was good, cold, but good. Thank you, Gary. How was yours?

I don't do much writing outside of Idol, so thank you for Idol, but my process for starting an entry often depends on the prompt. I tend to take the first day or two to volly the prompt around in my brain to see if it hits anything. Sometimes it connects right away, to an image, a word, a conversation, or a memory, something I can work with. Sometimes not so much. There have been a few times when nothing, absolutely nothing connects (like this past week) and I am groping in the abyss and it's cold and dark and empty. Seriously empty. And when I find myself at the laptop with a blank document in front of me and it's two hours to the deadline, that's when things can happen that I simply cannot explain. Trying to explain it seems like tempting fate or something worse. Sometimes I will run with an idea, get about halfway through and realize it's not going to work, open another page and try something else and it works. I guess what this means is that I don't really have a process. Maybe I will someday, but in the meantime I am learning from all the other Idol-ers. And that's all good.
clauderainsrm
Jan. 9th, 2017 05:56 pm (UTC)
My weekend? Pro - visited with Idolers. Went to Disney. saw the manatees. The Steelers won. Spent time with family.

Con - That time with family was when I went to a funeral of my (future) sister-in-law's Mom.
murielle
Jan. 9th, 2017 07:45 pm (UTC)
Your Pros are all kinds of good!

Your con...so sorry for your loss...spending time with family and friends is one of the strengthening aspects of funerals.
clauderainsrm
Jan. 9th, 2017 08:07 pm (UTC)
I should have put "pro" that her Aunt (sister of the deceased) used to run an Italian restaurant and afterward made an *amazing* dinner. So that was good as well.

Edited at 2017-01-09 08:07 pm (UTC)
murielle
Jan. 9th, 2017 08:31 pm (UTC)
Italian food is the best! So is Mexican food! (Smile)

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