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Grapemo 2014 Day 23: WORD THERAPY

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After a very disconcerting past couple of weeks, I sat down at my laptop yesterday and opened my WIP.

I admit I haven't written much this month. I felt lucky to simply be keeping up with this blog in spite of everything going on around me, especially the death of my wonderful stepmom. I wanted to blog about her (and still do, and will) but words failed me left and right. Knowing I had to post something every day, even if just a picture or a word of inspiration, gave me focus, provided some distraction.

Whenever I thought it felt more like a "chore" I remembered of all of you, pounding away toward your goals. Regularly sending in updates and teasers. Offering words of encouragement with in your comments and on Facebook.

Then I thought: You know, Jen, YOU started this thing--DO SOMETHING ALREADY! Stop floundering, for Christ's sake.

So I stopped. I opened the file and reviewed what I'd already written. It's not great. It's not terrible. It's a typical first draft, rambling in some places, condensed in others. A mess of words, incomplete scenes, and snippets of dialogue. Naked, undeveloped characters. A vague timeline. A hasty synopsis that stops about halfway through the story, leaving the ending, my characters--and especially me--dangling.

But the story...oh, the story! It was there, all there, and waiting for me. After a couple of false starts (Wait a sec, WHO is this person? How did X get to Y? What was I thinking here?) the words tumbled from my brain as fast as I could type.

HELLO, STORY! ARE YOU HAPPY TO SEE ME?

~WELL, YES I AM. WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN?

OH, BUSY, YANNO. WITH LIFE AND STUFF.

~BUSY? BULL. YOU'VE BEEN SITTING ON YOUR ASS. I SAW YA, SISTER. I SEE YOUR EVERY MOVE.

(Note: My WIP never minces words)

OK, WELL, I'M BACK, OKAY? SO PUT A SOCK IN IT.

(Note: Neither do I)

ANYWAY, I'VE BEEN IN KIND OF A BAD MOOD...

~YEAH, YEAH... YOU'VE BEEN WALLOWING.

I HAVE *NOT* BEEN WA--

~WAAAAAALLLLOOOWIIING! WALLOW, WALLOW, WALLOW!

WAIT. IS THIS SUPPOSED TO BE SOME KIND OF "TOUGH LOVE" THING?

~YOU BET YOUR SWEET ASS IT IS.

WELL...IT'S WORKING.

GOOD! NOW GET TO WORK AND SHOW ME WHAT YOU'VE GOT!

So I showed it (her? him?) and hammered out 5,000 words this weekend. Some good words, some bad words. I may keep some of them. I may cut some of them.

Whatever I do, though--I'm back to doing it.

Thank you, Grapenuts, for your own inspiration.

xox

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newport2newport
Feb. 24th, 2014 12:45 am (UTC)
I love you, girl, something fierce. xoxo
onegrapeshy
Feb. 24th, 2014 02:03 pm (UTC)
Love you back, Melodye. Totally! xox
another_wip
Feb. 24th, 2014 01:46 pm (UTC)
you were never really 'gone'
Needing space is okay. Glad the muse and the story were waiting for you to find them again.

Know we all love you, and we understand crazy times too. Love ya bunches. Glad you're back.
onegrapeshy
Feb. 24th, 2014 02:04 pm (UTC)
Re: you were never really 'gone'
Thanks, Pamela. (((HUGS))) Don't know what I'd do without you guys.
Mialie Szymanski
Feb. 24th, 2014 05:19 pm (UTC)
MUWHAHAHAHA! Sounds like the conversation my characters have with me when I'm procrastinating for no good reason. <3!
onegrapeshy
Feb. 24th, 2014 06:11 pm (UTC)
They can be SO BOSSY!!!!
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