I haven't written a Wishcasting Wednesday post in a while. I've been reading the questions each week and thinking about them, but with everything else I've been doing these past few months, I just couldn't manage to fit in doing the writing and blog visiting. But this week Jamie asks, "What is your deepest wish?" And I really wanted to answer that today. So I'm combining a wish with my ROW80 check-in and having it all, at least for today.
My Deepest Wish
My Writing Life
On Sunday I met with my writer friends for our monthly, in-person support circle. I talked about my dilemma--write or plan or both all at once? We decided I was very busily digging myself a hole and filling it in as I went, complaining about the quality of the dirt and the weight of the shovel the entire time. In other words, I was very busy getting in my own way.
Saying this out loud did not make me step out of my own way, though, at least not right at first. I still had to fight with myself for another day or two before finally, yesterday, finding myself picking my story notebook up again and getting back to work. Because I have recognized that I don't do well with moving the story forward if I don't have something of an idea of what needs to be happening in a scene, I'm going to continue with the planning. I'm also going to get back to writing. I really want to be adding to the story, and right now that doesn't seem to be causing problems with the planning, so I'm going to continue on with my writing/planning mix.
Will I reach 65K by next Thursday? I don't know. I might, if I can get a firmer grasp of what needs to happen after this scene I'm writing. It is still well within the realm of possibility, so I'm not counting myself out yet. I also won't be terribly sad if I don't quite make it, because I feel like I'm still getting a lot done with this story. I am learning to allow myself to count the planning as part of actually working on the book, and that changes things quite a lot. I am progressing, both in the story and in my writing life. I'd call this round a win.