Friday, June 24, 2011
Shh ... inspiration in progress
For today's post, I was going to write an essay on an absolutely fantastic book, but ... that's going to have to wait. Inspiration intervened (in the form of a looooong conversation with my fabulous agent, Kathleen). As a result, right now, I am deep, deep in the throes of brand new WIP love, and will not be able to think about anything else for at least a few days.
I am researching. And daydreaming. Churning. Hunting and brainstorming and shaping. Outlining. Squinting at maps. Reading up on mythology. Reading up on geology. On cuisine and vernacular. I am considering characters. Their motivations and passions. The cadence of their speech. The lenses through which they see the world.
I am staring at the space between two people.
I am plotting mayhem. Betrayal. Sacrifical love.
I know myself, and, having completed three manuscripts in the past 18 months, I understand how this works. When I get in this mode, the momentum builds and builds, and then I'll start to type (my forecast for when this will happen: Saturday morning). In a few months, barring unforeseen interruptions, I will have completed a first draft.
So ... what are you up to? Do you have a WIP? Where are you with it? Drafting, revising, querying, submission? Between projects? Waiting for inspiration to strike? If you're up for it, please share your progress, and let's encourage each other.