1560–70; < French mémoire < Latin memoria
2a. journal, recollections, reminiscences.
I am running these two spots together because Cait has arranged with a very good friend–for us to go on vacation!!!!
I haven’t been on a vacation in years. Like 5 or more years. And before that it was 10 years. Whenever I travel I am always working.
I’m a little scared.
And a lot floored.
What will I do with myself?
Thank you, Friend, who would trust us in her vacation home.
So Three Things Thursday—
1. Using some world event, write the beginning of a dystopian novel. Give yourself less than 20 minutes. In part of that time, sketch out the plot.
2. Spend some time this weekend reading a short story by Flannery O’Connor. Pick a story you are not familiar with. For those of you who have never read O’Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find is not a bad study. And that’s what I want you to do. Study what O’Connor does with language. With pacing. With the element of surprise. What can you learn from her writing? Etc.
My first teachers were the men and women I read. I’ve mentioned this before. Want to be a strong writer? Read, read, read.
3. Find a writing partner that will play this game with you:
Start with an idea the two of you agree on. Give yourselves an end point– how long you will go before you finish (a short story–a picture book [write fewer words when you switch off–see below], a chapter book, a full-blown novel, etc)? Know this in advance.
One of you write the first 150 words. Clean it up. Make it strong.
Now send that 150 words on to your partner.
She should write 150 words. Good, strong, story-moving-forward words.
Go back and forth until your piece is done.
Well, what do you have?
Ann Dee keeps saying, “Send me the beginning of a novel, Carol, and I will write a book with you.”
Perhaps on my vacation I will come up with that idea!
The Day of Accountability
What did you get done this week?
Are you happy with your work?
Did you do the five exercises I started the week out with?
Will you be ready to share those next week?
What did you read this week?
How did it help you as a writer?
Are you treating your writing as your job?
Are you giving your writing the time you need to succeed?
Think about these questions this weekend.
And see you Monday afternoon or evening!
So what did you do this week as far as writing?
Ann Dee let having a baby get in the way.
I let moving out of the house I was supposed to move into get in the way.
But what about you–the faithful writer who gets her pages done, no matter what?
Let us know what you accomplished.
Remember how I keep saying, I am going to read this summer.
(Maybe I am only saying that here at home.
Well, I mean it.)
Something to peruse:
I hope the two week writing marathon was fun for you and you accomplished your goals. I didn’t get everything done. But during the writing, I saw my book had a flaw, and when I went back through it in my mind I realized exactly where I went wrong.
A shift here, a shift there and the book goes into my agent.
So far we have six people planning on coming to the reading/dinner. For those of you who have food allergies, there is no set plan on the menu. You may choose what you want to eat.
If this is successful, I think this might be a fun place to gather and be writers and do readings and talk books.
So mark your calendars: April 8, 7:00 pm, Station 22.
(Ann Dee, is that right? It may be 7:30. It’s whatever time I told you before!)
FYI–a note about Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers (www.wifyr.com). Steve Fraser is one of the agents returning to the conference. For attendees only–there is the chance to win a Chat about Your Career with him.
Also, the WIFYR writing contest with a $1000 prize–there’s something new. The winner will be considered for publication by Familius. Cheri Pray Earl and I have a series coming out with them, starting this year. We’re excited about the possibilities with this new publishing company.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Writing for Charity event (April 27, at UVU) and for LDS Storymakers conference (in May).
Plus–we’re thinking of having a charity event, too. This will be several hours of writing and will end with a dance. As details unfold, we’ll let you know.
Now, I am off to court with Kyra.
And then back to pack and finish up my novel.
So far we have five people in for lunch and the reading on April 8.
Or dinner. It might be dinner.
I’m not sure when we are meeting yet. Waiting to hear from the boss. But we do have our venue!
So how has the writing gone for you all?
We are nearly done with our marathon. We have just Friday (today), Saturday, Sunday (if you write on Easter) and Monday.
Will you reach your goal?
Will you reach your secret goal?
It’s a for sure that I will not reach my secret goal, which was start a new book.
But I will finish this novel, and I will do the rewriting of another. And maybe even another one, maybe, if my writing partner can come over and work with me.
That’s what I think right now.
Now, a note to Sue–I saw on Facebook that you are a little nervous about learning more and more and more about writing and how to put all you learn into action.
Remember what John Steinbeck said: “When I face the desolate impossibility of writing 500 pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One day’s work is all that I can permit myself to contemplate.”
Just one day at a time is what you have to do. One day at a time of learning something new and then seeing how to implement what you have learned, one day at a time of rewriting, one day at a time of whatever you are doing to make yourself the best writer possible.
This really goes to all of us.
One day. ‘Cause that’s how life is, huh?