Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Waning Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Cloudy and mild

I’d hoped the weather would be good enough to wander around Ashumet Holly Sanctuary today, but it doesn’t look like it will be any good again until about Monday.

Progress on the play, which is good, spent time on students’ work, also good, and working with my partner on material for the tele-seminar. Lots of errands, got them all done at once (saves gas), and then, when I came back, I had one of those bolt-of-lightening epiphanies on MODERN CREATION MYTHS. I put it aside a few months ago when I’d hit a crossroads and wasn’t sure in which direction to take it, and then was distracted by contracted, paying work.

Suddenly, doing something that has nothing to do with the project, a scene started unspooling in front of me, between my protagonist and someone I thought was a minor character. It adds an important dimension to the piece as a whole, and, especially, the dynamics between the characters within it. I sat down and wrote the piece (as an insert) — it runs about four script pages. And then, as I kept thinking about the piece, I realized the reason I got stuck was that I missed a whole plot and character element that’s important, again, to the growth of the protagonist and the dynamics within the piece. I’m developing that, and will add in that aspect, and I’m developing more dynamics between the antagonist factions –one faction is well-developed and as strong and interesting as my ensemble of protagonists — I have to bring the second faction up to par. They’re a little two dimensional right now.

Again, I”m missing notes that I packed in the move, but I think I have a pretty clear grasp of where I want to go with it again. I started this draft in script format, because it was coming out in dialogue and images, and will continue, then adapt it back into novel form.

In other words, working with my students to unstick their work is positively influencing my own!

I have a lot to get done today, so I better get to it. I can feel both the play and MCM percolating and getting ready to migrate to the page, and, when it’s time, I will need to put everything temporarily aside and write myself out on them. At the same time, I can’t drop any of the balls I have swirling in the air — I just have to toss them higher, and grab more writing minutes before they return.


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  1. I love it when the fizzing starts and you just have to start getting it down. You’ll find the notes when you need them, just like you did before.

  2. I have no talent for writing, but I enjoy hearing how you approach yours. Hope your day goes well!

    • Your posts and reviews are always beautifully written. You might not want to write fiction, but you are a lovely essayist.

      • You’re too kind. I’m boring, but need the outlet.

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