Saturday, January 26, 2008

Challenge Check-In

Another week has gone by. How is everyone doing? I had a slow week. Twelve or thirteen pages is all. I attribute this to a problem that kept me occupied for several days. Given all the stories varied circumstances, I needed to come up with a way to make a certain thing happen. Try as I might, I just couldn't seem to get it to make sense. Experience has taught me, however, that the answer is just a little out of my grasp and if I talk about it, think about it and take a few walks where I can mutter to myself, eventually, I will come up with a way to make it happen.

This time I came up with another solution, the only possible solution. I recreated the problem because it finally occurred to me that I was trying my best to mix black and white and get red and I'd better figure out a way to deal with gray. I.e, I redefined the situation. Lesson to be learned? Stay fluid....

So, how is everyone else doing?


Alice Sharpe said...

Just checking my little box. The stage now belongs to you...

Paty Jager said...

Hi Aice, I can't believe I've written nearly 8,000 words this week while at my son's. (no internet) But I'd put the kids down to bed at night and would work on my book while they were settling down and going to sleep.

Glad to hear you figured out how to make red!

Well, time to hop on the plane and head home! Talk to you allon Monday!

Had several things happen while I was gone.

Lori Barber said...

Alice, glad you came up with a solution. My walks often help me too, as I think things through in my head.

I managed to go through 35 pages but still have rewrites and scenes to add to those said pages since I've added a second POV. With that said I should take a long walk because I'm faced with what to write in these scenes.


Alice Sharpe said...

Paty, you write a great cliff hanger! We'll all want a report of the several things that happened while you were away.

Lori, hope you wore a raincoat and that the ideas poured like, well, rain.

Congrats you guys on accomplishing so much more than I did. I'm not envious. Well, not much, anyway.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Wow, everyone's doing so good!

I had a productive week. Managed to get through the first 175 pgs editing and added 8K words in new scenes. Of course, that means I have to cut elsewhere, but I'm going to worry about that later. I know where to cut from, I'm just not there in the rewrites yet. LOL

Danita Cahill said...

What do you mean, you had several things happen while you were gone, Paty? See, there's an example of a cliffhanger.

Yep, Alice and Lori, walks help me too. So does showering, driving, or cooking dinner. Anything other than sitting and banging my head on the keyboard. All that does is make a lot of head-sized areas of jumbled letters appear at the problem area of my story file.

Reading on down through the comments, I see Alice already thought to mention Paty's cliff hanger. Great minds....ha!

As for progress, uh, well, I didn't mention that earlier, because, well, I didn't have any flippin' flappin' progress this week.

Paty Jager said...

My several things that happened- I'm going to be on the local TV station again, because the local writing chapter is doing a facelift and have changed their name, added a blog, and when they sent the info around to the news sources the host of the morning TV show I've been on picked it up and saw myself and Lindy were speaking at the Feb meeting and invited the two of us to be on her show the week before the Feb. Meeting. The cool part was she told the PR person that she "loved" visiting with me!

Then on the plane ride from Anchorage to Seattle I sat next to a person who has the perfect occupation for my heroine in my next contemporary western. I picked her brain, and we exchanged e-mails so I could do more brain picking when I finally get started on that book.

And believe it or not one of the steward's on the flight had a great face for a hero. Well, one of my heroes since I love a man with a great smile. He had a wide forehead, wide, angular cheeks, that slanted down to a cleft chin and when he smiled his eyes lit up and dimples highlighted his smile, giving him a boyish quality even though he was close to my age. Very intriguing individual.

Danita Cahill said...

Wow, Paty. Exciting things!