Dancing With Myself
by KimLenox on June 26th, 2010

STATUS: Writing Chapters Today
MOOD: Determined

HEY! Before you read the following golden words that have spilled forth from my Saturday-inspired-fingertips, be sure to check out Jessa Slade’s post below, for how to win a copy of Ava Gray’s book, SKIN GAME.

As I read through the post by the other Silk & Shadows authors this week, I found so much in common with all of them. ARG! The first draft. Agony. Focus! Nearly impossible!

Years ago, when I first started writing, it wasn’t so difficult. I’d write pages and pages in a sitting, and be so convinced that everything I’d written was clever and interestng and charming. Somewhere along the way, though, I became my biggest critic. When I’m writing, I always have little questions swirling around in my mind: too much plot? Not enough plot? Enough romance? Wait … do the last twenty-three pages I wrote drag? Maybe I should delete them and consider them “brainstorming pages”?

That brings up another difficulty in writing, and that’s the experience of spending a LOT of time with yourself. Your voice, and your thoughts are constantly yammering on when you’re writing, offering helpful hints, encouragement, commentary and criticism. You have to like yourself so you can get through those days when YOU are getting on YOUR every last nerve.

Writers are “internal” people much of the time, staring into a computer screen (another world) with fixed intensity, which can make us sometimes exasperating to people who are “external”. (Like husbands, who try very hard to be patient).

What about you? Are you more of an “internal” person or an “external” person?

One comment to “Dancing With Myself”

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    I’m definitely an internal person. I spend a lot of time inside my head. Probably too much. :wink:

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