Better Attitude

Quote Du Jour:
“I find your lack of faith disturbing.”
–Darth Vader

Okay, I’ll admit it. I had Self Pity Syndrome yesterday. I don’t know why. It was just one of those days.

Despite that, I managed to write two issues of SCARS and turn them in. Not sure if they were worth a crap, but I did it. I also wrote about 200 words on the new WIP. In between all that, I managed to whip out two covers for two proposals going out today and tomorrow. WOOHOO.

The creative juices were just NOT flowing yesterday. Thanks to all of you who responded to my “I suck” post. 😉 It did make me feel better (even though I was pretty sure I sucked yesterday).

I did some research at lunch, reading my new book, The Medieval Tournament. I think I’ve finally figured out the setting for the jousting novel which is exciting because I was just sort of aimlessly wandering there. The novel will be set (are you ready for this??) in Lichfield in 1348, the shortly after King Edward returns from invading France. Why Lichfield in 1348, you ask? Because when the king returns in October of 1347, he’s so excited to be back in England that he and his 17 knights (the tenans) invite 14 other knights (the venans) lead by the Earl of Lancaster to Lichfield for a tourney including jousts, masques, and banquets. WOOHOO.

So, tada, I have a setting. Now.. on to the rest of the novel.

I read an article yesterday that sort of annoyed me. The article was actually about how to write great love scenes (hey, I’m a romance writer; whaddya expect), but there was something in the article that annoyed the crap out of me. It talked about how some writers don’t write chronologically. I am one such writer. I write a scene at a time, whether it’s the end or the beginning or somewhere in the middle. That’s just how I work and that’s what works for me. When I have to write chronologically, I struggle (i.e., the serials).

The article says that it’s an illogical way to work, that the story won’t be seamless and will sound like the author is “on acid”.

Excuse me, but this works very well for some writers. I happen to know for a FACT that Jane Graves writes this way and her books are seamless and she doesn’t sound like she’s on acid. So there. 😛

It made me cranky (crankier?) when I read that. I immediately stopped reading the article.

Anyhoo… today I need to get two issues for Ransom & Fortune done and I’d like to get more research done on the WIP. AND I have a better attitude. I promise. 🙂

By Michelle

I wish you all could be inside my head. The conversation is sparkling.