Sunday, January 30, 2011

I'm back! And I feel like a writer again!

Thursday evening, after weeks of a personal writing drought, I made a decision. "I'm going to write a book tonight," I announced at the dinner table.

"A whole book?" my daughter asked.

"Yes. A draft of a picture book."

I had had enough of this break, enough of not being able to move forward with anything. So I decided that I was going to take this idea that's been in my head for months and get it onto paper where it belongs!

I sat on the sofa with my journal in hand, as my family sat around me watching a movie. I scribbled and erased and thought and scribbled and started over several times. When it came time to go to bed, I brought my journal with me. Soon it was after 11 and my eyes were burning, but I had nearly a whole draft complete. I already had it complete in my head, but I couldn't see well enough to write any more. So I turned off the light and went contentedly to sleep.

I didn't get to finish it until Friday evening. But getting a draft of a picture book done in less than 24 hours was an incredible feeling. And best of all, it didn't totally stink!

Yesterday (Saturday), I revised. Converted all my prose into rhyme. I tweaked it now and then all day. Even sent it to Corey to get her thoughts on it. Now I had a complete RHYMING picture book draft in less than 48 hours!

Today, day three, I worked on polishing my shiny new PB. Tweaking wording, fixing rhymes, adjusting meter. And I've had a heck of a time doing it!

It feels great to be excited about a project again!

7 comments:

  1. Wow! You are awesome, Becky!

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  2. That's wonderful. Go you!!

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  3. Yay to you writing again! It's definitely a great feeling. Glad to be here reading all about it.

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  4. This is very impressive! Especially the part where you go back and read it a few days later and still like it!

    Well done!

    Shelley

    Sorry...too many exclamation points today.

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  5. Congratulations! What a come-back!

    ~Carla
    carla-jansen.blogspot.com

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  6. Thanks, all!

    I haven't looked at the new PB since Monday, so we'll see how I feel about it after a few more days. But I'm feeling confident!

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  7. That sounds great! I love the feeling of being able to start or finish a new project!
    You know, you might like this blog: http://writereadwin.blogspot.com/

    Just a thought!

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