Okay, now I’m feeling slightly guilty about Rehearsing the next novel.
It’s more difficult – takes more energy – to write than to simply daydream.
I have a solid idea of everything that needs to happen in Adjudication: Book 13 in the Metatron’s Army series. I feel good about the novel and the series. But I need to wrestle myself away from the daydream stare and into the “eyes on the screen” mode.
Momentum. I suppose a bit of the issue is inertia. It’s easy to fall into a state of relaxation induced by Rehearsal, in which you promise yourself you are being productive even as you are relaxing.
Which is true, to a point. If you never put fingers to keyboard, it all stays in your head. Nothing makes it to publication.
Whine. Part of it is the extra energy needed when starting a new novel.
Even one in the same series.
It takes a bit of effort to get the cadence of the story going.
You’re working from a cold start.
It takes more than simply asking basic questions about the opening scene. Even knowing the opening scene isn’t enough. For me, the challenge is – being a cold start – there’s no warmth.
To appreciate the idea of cold start – think race cars. Warm your engines!
Effort. This is an instance where simply playing music doesn’t cut it. Something has to light the fire of creativity.
It’s like a warm dark pool you have to immerse yourself in, surrender to.
Effort – Really. I find that I typically write ten to fifteen thousand words out of which I will keep two for an opening scene in a new novel.
Perhaps this is the warm-up process.
Rhythm. I’m in the midst of my third iteration of the opening of Book 13. I’ve done a bit of rehearsal while listening to a variety of music artists. I feel I’m close to that transition point from inertia to creative flow.
But I think a bit more rehearsal is needed.