March 21, 2010

Patience... Or Not

As for my next book, I am going to hold myself from writing it till I have it impending in me:  grown heavy in my mind like a ripe pear; pendant, gravid, asking to be cut or it will fall.  ~Virginia Woolf
I haven't written anything new since the LDSP Book of Mormon short story contest, and I finished my latest novel back in November. I have been editing editing editing...
But I feel it. Something is simmering. I'm holding off because I should be hearing back about the sequel to The Orchard soon, most likely with requests for revisions and I would hate to stop a current project (especially a very young WIP) to tackle a revision.
But I miss writing! It's like the promise of Spring, with the gardening catalogs coming and a bird finally heard in the morning, the mention of Easter, iris leaves bold in their show of emerald through the dying yellow, finally color brought by favorite Spring, and you know it's coming... but you live in a spot on the earth where Spring makes a brief appearance in late May, then is hurried off by impatient Summer.
So, I put aside the catalogs and roll my eyes at the spring-festooned magazine covers, zip my coat up all the way and head out, chin down, to take care of what still needs to be taken care of. And that means editing. Do I put up Easter decorations, when the winter wreath still looks the part on my door?

Maybe... if I just play around with some ideas... Character names and bios... ending scene and hooky opener... imagine a little dialogue... it wouldn't hurt to at least plan the garden... would it?

4 comments:

Annette Lyon said...

Oh, I've so been there!

David J. West said...

You should absolutely be writing everything down you get ideas for-you never know what you will forget and what might seem like a tiny idea now that could germinate into something great later.

M. Gray said...

Oooo, I love the planning stages. I spent months doing that with both of my books. Do that!!!

KarenG said...

I love that Virginia Woolf quote, and it goes so well with the pear! I'm going to write this down and keep it in my collection of writing quotes. And of course you have to plan your garden!

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