We check In each Monday here to give each other support and encouragement to work in those writing projects we might otherwise put off. Everyone is invited to join us by including below a brief comment about what you’re working on today. Afterward, please let us know how it went. If you can’t make it at 10 a.m., leave your comments when you can, before you start, by the Study Hall post dated today. Better late than never, better now than not at all!
Simone the Yorkie says, “We’re here for you!
Posted by Glenda Bailey-Mershon on June 8, 2015
Hi! Today my goal is to draft a new scene of my novel, The Man Who Loved Chocolate. What are you up to?
Posted by Glenda Bailey-Mershon on October 24, 2016
[Leonard] Cohen’s writing process, as he told an interviewer in 1998, is “like a bear stumbling into a beehive or a honey cache: I’m stumbling right into it and getting stuck, and it’s delicious and it’s horrible and I’m in it and it’s not very graceful and it’s very awkward and it’s very painful and yet there’s something inevitable about it.”
That’s as close as I’ve ever read about my own writing process, though I could never have put it so well. Work and work until you hit a sweet spot.
Today, I’m turning to some long-neglected poems to see if I can improve the imagery. What are you working on?
Posted by Glenda Bailey-Mershon on October 13, 2016
Posted by Glenda Bailey-Mershon on October 10, 2016
The cable folks are tromping around the house and moving their truck up and down the street and otherwise creating havoc, but
I AM AT WORK! Show me your hands, friends; it’s so encouraging to have company on an irritating day like this.
Posted by Glenda Bailey-Mershon on October 3, 2016
Posted by Glenda Bailey-Mershon on September 26, 2016
Posted by Glenda Bailey-Mershon on September 19, 2016
Oh, it’s one of those mornings when I can’t pay attention to a gnat’s somersault, and I have every reason to turn over and go back to bed. IBS. Absolute confusion about which manuscript to work on. Familiar squabbles. The list is endless.
So, going out to the café to do . . . something. Let you know later how that went.
How about you?
Posted by Glenda Bailey-Mershon on August 29, 2016
It’s cut and paste time for my new novel. Any large project can get a bit out of whack: scenes out of place, sketchy “bridge” material where you didn’t quite know how to write, and so on. In a multilinear novels with more than one voice and thread, this can happen times seven.
So the easiest thing for me is to print out the novel, separate it by chapter on the flooor, read each chapter, cross out what doesn’t work, and cut out the good parts. Then I attach the clipped bits to new paper with tape, move them around till I’m satisfied, and voila! A new improved draft. From there it’s easy to move the offending parts around in the word processing software until I’m satisfied, and then to rewrite portions, especially the bridge material that opens and ends chapters.
However, I can’t do that today because I don’t have a printer. I will next week, though. So for today I’m off into fantasy land with new material for the short story collection I call, Space Walk.
Love and luck to you all, whatever you’re doing today. Leave me a note to let me know, will you?
Posted by Glenda Bailey-Mershon on August 22, 2016
One of my favorite ways to do Study Hall is Cafe Day. Why? Because it gets me out of the house but the goal is to keep writing.
Not every task works well for Cafe Day, though. I find that I can edit, look for consistencies, write a quick first draft, even draft a new scene while sipping my Chai Latte and watching the world go by. However, there is no getting in the zone, or deep explorations of character or last draft editing possible within earshot of easy distractions.
That’s how it is for me. I know writers who can write through a thunderstorm punctuated by a rousing game of hide and seek in the family room and a delivery at the front door every fifteen minutes, and still stay in the zone. Not me. I need a little more space and quiet to be really there, immersed and writing my heart out.
Today, I am drafting and redrafting scenes where I have a strong notion of where we’re going, and I’m not yet in final or even hold-on-maybe-that’s-it draft. So it’s off to my favorite watering hole in Dodge City, where I can hide in a corner and still have that lovely Chai Latte.
What are you doing today?
Posted by Glenda Bailey-Mershon on August 15, 2016
We Roma are a continuing lesson in why it is important that people define themselves. Many people confuse us with an attitude, a lifestyle, or simply with anyone who bears behavior that fits their stereotypes. But we are not confused.
This exhibit shows you why.
Posted by Glenda Bailey-Mershon on August 14, 2016