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Crows at Lunch

Since watching three crows attack my lawn as a smorgasboard for bugs, some years ago, I have worked on a poem to work out the malaise I felt over their arrival and the outcome of that malaise. Writing is something you do every day if you want to be a writer, but you don’t always work on the same item day after day. sometimes a piece  needs to sit–like soup or sauce–to coalesce in your heart and mind–before undergoing another revision.

Write every day–but don’t kill yourself over a piece that is not working out. Put it aside for a few days–not our of mind, just out of sight. Work over some ideas in your head and then try them out on paper. Leave enough time in your work schedule for each piece, especially the deadlined pieces, for this creative “rest” period. Some pieces do not need it, but many do –and it is usually of great benefit.

If it is a piece that is not under contract, once you have fulfilled its needs creatively, that is the time to find a market for it–often a more difficult task than the writing!

 

 

 

Deadlines are Great!

Nothing revs up my creative juices more than a deadline! Right now I am behind my self set deadline on my second book in the Legacy of Honor Series, but I still on track to meet my publishers deadline–deadlines within deadlines. Just a bit more to go to finish up the story of Sal and Gina, “Letters from Korea”. (Set in Pittsburgh in the 1950s)

Do you use deadlines to help spur your creative juices? Last year I participated in the poetry segment of Na no mo. I wrote a poem a day–some of them were pretty awful but several have made it to publication after much revision. Others are still in the  notebook, waiting for revision or to be passed over as simply a thought, tho even those might someday become a part of something larger.

This year I am going to try the na no mo for a young adult novel that has been on my mind and heart.

I’ll use this blog to keep you posted–but meanwhile I had better get going on “Letters”

Sorry I skipped the food blog this week–gearing up again after the break .