Friday, October 19, 2012

Note: Great great great advice!

I am at the end but I don't know the end. Not yet. Not after 400 pages of first draft drama. 

I begin this book a long three years ago. The main character would tell you it started out as heartache and betrayal and will hopefully end with her transformed by the experience. I hope there is integrity in the ending. I think it's funny that I can't say for sure, since I'm the one in control of the writing, but I know anyone who writes stories pretty much understands.

I am getting restless to finish this book. BECAUSE I have rediscovered two fictional characters I began to write about two years ago. Claudia--a successful professional woman having long term affair with a married man,  meeting up with him at his business conferences by dressing up in various disguises and costumes. She goes to wild lengths. I'm laughing at her balls already.

And her brother Cole. Taught by his Mother that poetry solves every problem known to man. Cole who quits his journalism job at the Providence Journal, walks out on his girlfriend, closes his bank account. Cole who acquiesces to his younger brother's just-one-more-time plea to read him "The Highwayman" on the telephone.

Ah writing. I can no longer imagine life without it. It's an easy hop-skip to creativity of all kinds. 

The kind of creativity I find right here on the blogs every day.

Love
kj 

22 comments:

  1. I think I am at the end of my writing. They are good rules I have adhered to them and broken them and now I just don't seem to have the desire anymore except to let the dogs I have written, sleep.

    One piece of advice for your book though kj, just write an ending. If you don't think it is the best ending it can be, then reword it, don't change it. Your gut told you where to go with it, go there.

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    1. Mark, I will be surprised if you are at the end of your writing . You are a prolific prophet and poet. Thanks for the advice. I have one last chapter written but it is free floating without an anchor :-)

      Love
      kj

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  2. smiles.....get it down is right...you can make it pretty later...it is a discipline...every day write....it may not be good but you might salvage just a little later...

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    1. Wise man, you are, Brian.

      xoxo
      kj

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  3. this all sounds good. and new characters calling your attention. you are so creative. may all turn out as you wish.

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    1. Suki, I think YOU are so creative!

      Love
      kj

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  4. If my first drafts are just naturally beautiful, should I go back later and muss them up a bit in keeping with rule one?

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    1. Snow: okay :-)

      Myself. I can count on one hand when I failed to change something!

      Love
      kj

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  5. I like # 6.
    It's probably why I already like Cole.

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    1. Babs, in some funny way, I WANT you to like cole. I am eager to write his story

      Love- love
      kj

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  6. I like the "words don't bleed, cut them" advice. I guess you just write, cut, write some more, cut. what a good idea.
    You'll come up with a great ending I know you will

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    1. Thanks Mim. I wonder how long I have to go....

      Love
      kj

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  7. I am soo eggsited about your new book- literally itching to read it. Love the advice but what I love more is the fact that you 'bleed' when you write your books- I can feel the pain, anxiety, ups and downs from here. You are a true writer and artist dear one. xxxxx

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    1. Aw thank you , joss xo

      So you notice when I am an emotional mess, eh? :-)

      I'm glad....

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      kj

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  8. Interesting suggestions. For any writer. Thanks for sharing them. (Not that I didn't know them; I just appreciate the reminder.)

    I'm so happy the writer-muse came riding, riding, riding up to your writing door. Now, then, the perfect ending. . . . Sometime.

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    1. I love your comment, rob-bear. It's a poem I quite remember and always love. I taught 'the highwayman' to eighth graders and I played the kids Phil ochs singing it

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      kj

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  9. I'm smiling reading about your new characters. You will bring them to life in a beautiful way. I've lost my train of thought...I'm looking at your beautiful pictures on the sidebar and wishing I were near water. Oh boy, do I ever!

    (Hugs)

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    1. Annie, honest to god , I smile when you smile.

      Yes, I find the ocean is restorative. The last couple of weeks I am soaking in the colors of autumn as a backdrop for all the farms around me. I never thought I'd live near farms or near an ocean!

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      kj

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  10. I enjoyed meeting you today at Write Angles. You were a terrific lunch partner. I felt compelled to say thank you for sharing information on Writing It Up In The Garden. I hope we can stay in touch.
    MQ

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    1. Hello MQ! What a treat to find a comment from you here! Thank you. Yes, let's stay in touch. And if/when your blog is active, please let me know

      xo
      kj

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  11. I'm going to like the rediscovered novel! I'm already laughing :)

    I like mark's advice about the ending. But then again, I always like his advice.

    I'm happy you're happy writing!

    xoxo
    Lo

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    1. Bon jour , lo! A new novel with fresh new characters! Yes!

      Thank you, my friend
      xo
      Love
      kj

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