I’m learning there is a method to the madness – I mean the rhythm – of my writing.
Thankfully. There’s enough chaos involved with writing a book. Understanding why your mind suddenly embraces inertia? Sublime!
Or trying to, at least.
I have the whole story in my mind, setting and time, characters, story arc, subplots, the wholeshebang.
So why can’t I get past the first 500 words?
Trust the Process. Fortunately, I’ve been through this before. I know that eventually it will all come together, and I’ll kick the whole thing out in a week to ten days.
Maybe two weeks. It’s almost a feast or famine thing. One of those where I’m being called for dinner as I furiously type “just one more thing.”
Thankfully, it doesn’t happen often.
Two previous times several years apart.
No Really. Trust. It’s because I’ve been down this path that, though I keep a careful eye on the situation – I do have a timeline after all – I don’t stress about it.
Like I did the first, second,….
But even as I remained relaxed, told myself it will all come out in the wash, I worked.
It’s how I help myself relax about the inertia.
I played Free Cell during which I wrote the entire book in my head – running through various scenes as a “movie” playing on my mental screen. I did another thing. I wondered what the hell was going on?
I like to understand things – see if I need to step in and fix something.
You know, to help the process along.
The muse at work. As I sat rerunning a plot twist through my mind, adding characters and dialogue to the location, I realized with no small amount of annoyance that a song kept running over and over through my head.
I like the song but at that moment – did not want to listen to it once let alone a dozen times over in my mind.
I told a fellow creative sitting nearby what was going on. She suggested I listen to the song.
I’ve done this before with great success – it typically works to get it “out of my system.”
I explained I didn’t want to this time. However…
It didn’t mean I couldn’t listen to a different song by the same artist!
Here’s what happened.
As I continued staring “sightlessly” at the mindless game, allowed my mind to drift, I realized that the other song from the same artist is absolutely perfect for the book! Within seconds of that Eureka! Moment I realized the next four songs from the same album were also perfect! Then it occurred to me…
I didn’t have a Book Playlist Yet!!!
I LOVE to do iTunes playlists for my novels. It provides an injection of passion into the entirety of it all.
, From process to finished product.
I’ve long understood there’s a relationship between the muse and the music but until today I had no idea just how tightly music is entwined with novel writing.
For me at least.
It’s the equivalent of naming the missing spice in the sauce! What’s more, I realized there was purpose behind the inertia.
Sonia Choquette writes about this in her book Trust your Vibes.
There was something important the muse was trying to tell me!
Thanks to the music I now have far more vivid imagery for the scenes that make up the plot twist in my story.
And thus, I’m able to move forward with the rest of the story.
Redemption is on track for a Late Summer/Early Fall 2020 release.