Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Where's my Muse?!
Sent the next vamp novella in Monday. Began to think it was cursed as I changed the start and it required a lot more rewriting than I had anticipated and then - just as I'm about to get it sent in - the lights go out for a day. So, yes,one could say I deserve a little break - but scanning a pic of my cat's feet into the computer? That's stretching it.
The thing is, I have another Murray tale to write and I just don't know how to start it. Have about three beginnings in mind and don't know which one I like best. My heroine Ilsabeth is not helping and all the hero wants is for me to get her delicious self to him ASAP so he can seduce her. Men. No help at all.
My Muse? Obviously on vacation or just plain undecided. The solution is - write all three openings and see which one starts the old creative juices flowing. The urge to do that is lacking. I seem to think I can just mull it over and inspiration will strike. Ain't happening. Instead I'm scanning weird things into the computer.
Oh, I know what is to happen at the start, what will send Ilsabeth running into Simon's arms, but just how that takes place is the puzzle. Beginnings can be a real pain in the buttsky. You want them to grab the reader, entice the reader, make the reader want to turn the page and keep on going. That can actually be very intimidating to a writer. Yes, sometimes it's just there, ready to practically write itself . Other times it's almost there but maybe this would work better or this - you get the drift. It's not writer's block but it can be just as bad. Roadblock - you're sitting there wondering which way to turn and the Tom-Tom in your brain is giving you too many ways to go. So - you idle there. Not good.
In the end, what I will do is write the first couple sentences of each beginning - maybe even the first paragraph - and see which has more snap. Or which makes me want to keep on going and thumb my nose at all the other possibilities. So Ilsabeth best step up to the starting line because I intend to get this book done by May. I want to be able to do some gardening and not spend that all important month(to gardening) sitting at the computer. But right now I see Perkins - Jackson's sister who has a lot of extra toes - and am wondering if I can get her to stand on the copier.