Week 3 of FUF (see May 4 post), and I finally have some good progress to report!
This week, I met with a fellow writer for tea. It was such a relief and delight to talk about writing with a serious writer! I think that was the inspiration I need to tackle the Mystery Novel. (I have 2 novels going on, one literary mainstream and now the mystery.)
I completed the following tasks:
*named my characters
*decided on the murder mystery and setting
*wrote some dialogue and characterization
*started an outline
What I've learned? When you're uninspired, burned out, or not sure where to start, talk to a fellow writer or group of serious writers. You catch the fever.
Lots of great stuff from FUFers too, this week, but today's tip comes from Dark Orpheus:
Neil Gaiman, offering his opinion on actually getting your first draft written:
As for thinking time versus writing time, well, that's up to you. But -- and I wish it were otherwise -- books don't get written by thinking about them, they get written by writing them. And that's when you make discoveries about what you're writing. That's when you get the happy accidents.
Happy writing everyone!