Thursday, September 20, 2007

Where's the Muse?

Okay, I'll start off by first saying mine's not missing. The truth is, for the past week I've sent her on vacation.

Since I turned in my revisions on Sept. 10, I haven't written a thing on my current work-in-progress. I had a conference call with my editor on Sept. 17 and I'm ready to work and I plan to start this weekend. I did shoot my editor a few ideas for what I'd like to do after this current book (and that next NASCAR book I have to write in between).

Different people write differently and we've had this discussion on our author loop before. I'm a writer who writes in spurts. I wrote 100 pages in one weekend once. There are weeks when I won't even look at what I'm writing, much less work on it. I'm not one of those people who sets a daily goal and gets in the chair daily. I'm one of those who needs large blocks of time to truly immerse myself in the story and focus only on it--so much that the rest of the world disappears. That means I do hours at a time. I also get most of it out, and then tweak it later in thirds.

So as I posted today--getting ready for a Saturday marathon, I wanted to remind you that there's no one way to write. It's whatever works best for you--and your relationship with your personal muse. I like to give mine time off so she's not so crabby when we do those 12 hour shifts.

So how do you write?



Danny said...

I'm not quite sure what kind of writer I am, yet... Used to be I'd get a spark of inspiration for something and then write on it until I ran out of steam (and it was usually for good), but just last month I tried one of those writing challenges, you know, write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I wrote a bit every day, and I really enjoyed it (most days!). I haven't written much this month, my noodle seems to need a break... but I'm thinking of going to do NaNoWriMo when the time comes around :)

Sarita Leone said...

Daily. I write a few hours each morning, edit a few hours each night. It works for me. :)