Jeannine Garsee (onegrapeshy) wrote,
Jeannine Garsee
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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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