Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hivemind

Last week, I had a quick Twitter exchange with my dear friend, Camille DeAngelis, and it went some thing like this:


I am at a point in my novel where things are muddled. I know where I want to go, but the path isn't clear to me just yet. Brambles and overgrown weeds cover the ground before me. I can't turn back because I'm too far along the journey; but I know I'm not yet halfway.

At times like this, the only way to get through is to take one step forward, then another, then another. Eventually, I will get to the other side.

Interestingly, some of the authors I take inspiration from are sharing their thoughts on the same thing:

"That last one is key. Momentum. Really, it’s everything. Because once I have momentum, I don’t care so much about the internet, and I make way better use of my writing time because I am so very FOCUSED.

The way I get momentum is to force myself to write every day. Every. Single. Day."
- Nova Ren Suma on what she needs to finish the first draft of her fifth novel.

"You come a long way in a relatively brief period of time—you look back, gauging that distance with no small degree of satisfaction—and then you find out just how far you have yet to go."
- Camille DeAngelis on completing revisions on her next novel, Immaculate Heart.

It occurs to me that it might be a good idea to ask for some directions.  However, I know my process well enough that it is too soon for me to let someone in on this trek I am on. Of course, another pillar of inspiration for me wrote about just that:

"Nobody else has stepped into this world yet. You long for visitors, for others to discover this world. And yet you also savor it, this precious time when it is all yours, unspoiled. When everything is possible, when the magic is undiluted and intact." 
- Jennifer R. Hubbard on savoring that moment when you it's just you and your story.

Now, isn't that just the perfect example of the hivemind of authors?

2 comments:

  1. I'm so honored to be mentioned here, Mieke!

    And I also notice that I sometimes find other writers writing about the same thing I'm going through when I'm going through it. We help one another.

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    1. Thank you, Jenn for being my fount of inspiration and wisdom.

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