Barb:Do you believe itâ€™s 2013, Jann? Wow! Another year over and I didnâ€™t get my WIP completed. 2013 will be my year, though. I joined OCCâ€™s BIAY and I have a goal of entering the Orange Rose Contest. What held me back in 2012, besides â€œnot having enough time?â€
Sometimes anxiety sets in when I think about writing a whole book. Richard Russo, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning novel Empire Falls, said, â€œThe task is so enormous that if we really thought about what we were letting ourselves in for, weâ€™d never begin. Early on we learn to worry only about what we do today. If I get my two or three pages written on Monday my dayâ€™s work is done. Itâ€™s useless to worry about Friday or four years from Friday. Pages need our attention; books take care of themselves.â€
Iâ€™m going to remember that.
But (isnâ€™t there always a big but somewhere?), those three or four pages are like pulling teeth. I canâ€™t turn off my inner editor and just throw words on a page. Even so, my once grand idea begins to sound like crap. Hereâ€™s another quote by another award-winning author Ann Patchett that sums up my feelings exactly. She said, â€œThe way I write, I have a novel in my head for a long time that I think about, and in those months it is so beautiful, so incredibly profound . . . The novel in my imagination travels with me like a small lavender moth making loopy circles around my head.â€She said, â€œAs soon as I start to put it on the page I kill it. It always breaks my heart. For me, the greatest challenge is to stick with the book Iâ€™m writing when what I want to do is hit the delete button.â€
I will strive to have her determination.
Jann: I totally understand what Ann said. Iâ€™ve been killing off story ideas left and right. Iâ€™m going with the concept of one hundred words (or more) a day. Author Janie Emaus who writes a weekly column on In the Powder Room ended her recent column saying, â€œIf youâ€™re going to follow something, follow your own heart.â€http://www.inthepowderroom.com/read/home-time/2012-12-that-time-of-year-again.html
Iâ€™m going to follow my heart by completing my pledge to BIAY and longtime goal of entering the Orange Rose Contest as well.
Hereâ€™s to us and fulfilling our dreams for 2013!!