Attitude: Relaxed and optimistic
draft about two weeks ago, took a week to mull things over, and dove back into
Bonnie last Thursday or Friday. True to my word from May’s report, I didn’t let
myself go back to her until Clyde was out of
Clyde’s with beta
readers (hi, Ben, Liesl, and Myrna!), and Bonnie’s coming along. And my streak of firsts continues. This is the first time I’ve ever worked on two projects
simultaneously, and it’s also the first time I’ve ever bounced around while
writing a first draft. I tend to write very linearly, from page one to page
whatever, without skipping a single scene, but I’m not doing that with Bonnie.
In fact, I’ve given up on numbering the chapters altogether, since I can’t tell
right now exactly where they’re going to fall.
I suppose it makes at least a little bit of sense, since Bonnie isn’t a linear story, anyway. I’m telling the front story going forward and the back story going backward from two similar events, interweaving related scenes as I go along. But therein lies the problem. Right now, all of the ideas my subconscious is spinning out are related to the front story, so I’m running with those. Surprisingly, this jumping-around isn’t driving me crazy. I’m (mostly) going with the flow and letting things happen as they will--which, if you know anything about me, runs directly counter to my usual MO:)
I don’t know how long this carefree productivity will last, but I’m definitely enjoying it while it’s here. If this keeps up, I may have to move the family to
so my location will match my mood… Hawaii
What about you? How are your projects coming along, and how do you feel about them at the moment?