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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sometimes Writing is like Digging for Gold with your Bare Hands!

The muse is back and has kicked into high gear.

I had the weirdest dreams last night and in the lazy hours of this morning (translation: I was being super lazy in bed when I should have been up and acting like a responsible parent) my muse was hard at work filling my head with wonderful scenes for book two.

He also got me inspired to write new ones for book one - as if the book is not long enough already!

So once I'd got up and made myself presentable to the world at large I made some notes in my trusty notebook and sat down to write.

I tried to write the strongest scene, a romantic one between Tremorgan and .... (I can't tell you his name that would be giving away too much!) Tried was the operative word here!

I don't know if it was because I haven't written for so long, or because I'm tired, or the fact that the kids, in true holiday fashion, were arguing and grumping around me (or all of the above) but each word was like digging for gold with my bare hands!

Honestly, it look me about twenty minutes to get down the first few sentences - and they aren't even all that good. Here they are:

Turning my back on them, I clambered over Mace's slumbering form. His marble skin was icy under its dusting of snow.

He opened an eye as I leapt off his knee. “Everything all right, little princess?”

See? Not at all earth shattering.

As the afternoon progressed the words came more easily, which was a relief!

All in all I've managed to finish two scenes today, 1700 words worth. It might be all dross and no gold but at least I'm writing again and the Muse is hard at work once more filling my imagination with ideas.


  1. At that rate you could do your own NaNo in January! The end total at least offers good justification to silence that inner critic (mine is mean, and won't let me write most of the time)

    Even though it gets sore and a bit squinty when typing up after I prefer pen and paper for the expression of nightly inspirations. There's not the temptation of the bacspace key and none of those demoralising red and green underlinings that microsoft supplies to try to keep us in our places, so once there's a mark on the page the only way is forward :)

    having said that I've managed about 900 words on my thing this month (moving forward)... on the computer... on a bit of my tale I consider boring but necessary.

    From the way you talk, editing can be as much fun as drafting, so keep on getting it down and look forward to more fun later.

  2. Hi Gedle, I'm very much looking forward to seeing some of your story next week! :D

    And yes, editing is definitely as much fun as writing - most of the time.

  3. Glad you're back at it. Maybe your muse could give my Muse an ear bashing!! See if it can bully it into some hard work.

    I'm looking forward to reading those new scenes. I'm intrigued as to what happens between Tremorgan and ..... (my lips are sealed.)

  4. LOL! Yes JT, no letting any secrets out of the bag now.