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Cheryl's Musings: Serendipity

Cheryl's Musings

How to Thrive on the Writer's Road



I love starting a new writing project. Beginnings have all the potential of a great work plus all the fun of research—without much of the angst-y questions, like: Is this any good? Will anyone want to publish it? How will I rewrite this scene so it flows better?

P1070139 Beginnings don’t bother with specifics and picayune details. Beginnings let me besiege my interlibrary loan system with requests for books on orcas, sailboats, the Pacific Northwest, and round-the-world cruising…and then I get to READ these books.

I have actually been writing, though. After a week and a half of research—when every time I tried to actually start writing, I thought of something else I needed to find out first—I finally crafted the first chapter of the new book. (I want to crank out at least in the next week, because my critique group tackles the Peru book June 5th :P). Today, I drafted another first chapter.
My every-helpful husband suggested that I might confuse the readers, if I keep two chapter #1’s in the book. Good think I keep him around, don’t you think?

Sigh. Writers. We might not always get paid, but man, we have the most fun!

:) Cheryl

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At May 29, 2009 at 5:04 AM , Anonymous beth said...

Heh, I've got two (or is it three) Chapters 23 right now... *back to editing*

At May 29, 2009 at 9:35 AM , Anonymous Casey McCormick said...

I love starting something new but I don't like researching. *Sigh*

I'm kind of having fun with my revising though!

At May 29, 2009 at 11:55 AM , Anonymous Cheryl Reif said...

Happy rewriting, both of you! I just spent the morning doing the "money-making" kind of writing (read: non-novel), so I'm psyched to spend a few hours attacking the new book. I *think* I'm done with research, at least for a little while.

I have a love/hate relationship with research. Sometimes it's lots of fun--and sometimes it feels never-ending. I'd like traveling up to the San Juan islands and sailboating for a week, though. That's the kind of research I can live with!


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