Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Brilliance at Midnight

Am feeling really, really good today in spite of a weird sort of insomnia that has been plaguing my nights. Last night I woke up at ten after being asleep for about two hours. I know, that's early to bed, but I get up between 4:30 and 5:00 am every morning so by 8, I'm wiped.


I started writing on my current project, which I'll call DECK. I finished the first three scenes of the first chapter, and was incredibly pleased with it except for the ending hook. I couldn't come up with anything that even remotely compared to the rest of the story. This story is far edgier and darker than anything I have ever written. Lots of tension and secrets. Like Mrs. Annie says, "It has bite." It's also far more complicated than anything I have ever done and might even be the first book to come in over 60,000 words! I am actually think 70,000 to 80,000 words, believe it or not.

Anyway, I was rewriting the final para of the first chapter (AGAIN) and it hit me. The hook, a major plot point and more dark juicyness. YAY! It was like this flash of brilliance that I get every once in a while. Not often, but enough to keep me going.

Another thing that has me well pleased is all the things I've struggled with in my writing for so long, POV, show instead of tell, active writing, etc, are coming much more naturally to me now. I have more confidence and when I want to break a rule, for instance, it looked like or she felt... I know exactly why I am doing it.

I love it when the writing gods smile at you and all goes well for a while:) Keeps me going through all the times I want to toss the computer out the window!


PJ Hoover said...

Feeling like I'm improving is a great feeling! Congrats to you on great writing!

Amanda Ashby said...

Seriously, we need to talk about all this early morning business! No wonder you are so productive! Anyway, yay about the writing Gods. Send them my way because the plot monster is currently setting up shop next to my laptop!!

Amy Addison said...

Flashes of Brilliance ROCK!

Yay on getting the new hook. And an entire chapter in one morning? ::boggle::

Lexi said...

Great job on the flash of brilliance!

Mrs. Annie said...

:) I love it when a day runs well!