I recently added the collected works of Frost to my Nook and found this poem, Revelation that really spoke to me. Frost is one of my favorite poets and of course my favorite piece of his thus far is The Road Not Taken. This part I’ve included here is not the poem in its entirety, just my favorite part. They are words I try to live by.
We make ourselves a place apart
Behind light words that tease and flout,
But oh, the agitated heart
Till someone really finds us out.
‘Tis pity if the case require
(or so we say) that in the end
We speak the literal to inspire
The understanding of a friend.
But so with all, from babes that play
At hide-and- seek God afar
So all who hide too well away
must speak and tell us where they are.
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
Took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.- Robert Frost
After shelving one of my writing projects in favor of a new one I came back to it. I couldn’t figure what I was doing wrong until I went back and reread Selgin’s book By Cunning and Craft. I had unknowingly written myself into corner by limiting my point of view. I started working on it again last night; I wrote 4 pages and WOW what a difference. I now have layers of characters. I can show how my human and non-human characters relate to each other and see the world. This has really brought an interesting dimension to my book.
Yes, I am one of those paranoid writers that does not want my book titles or any of my ideas out in the public eye at this point. However, previously I had wanted to start a series of posts to document my progress in order to do that I need to be clear on what my writing project is. The working title of this book is The Healer’s Daughter it would fall into the fantasy genre. My first draft is comprised of 140 pages, I’m doing a line by line rewrite adding deleting and moving paragraphs as I see fit. I have a 1 page preface and 5 pages written on this second draft.
I head back to school on the 15th with that said I want more than ever to have a sort of journal of my writing journey. I juggle so many things in my life. I want to make certain that I find or schedule the time to write. I also want to keep up with this series of posts. I don’t usually plan what I’m going to write it just happens to be what is on my mind and the time I sit down and grab my laptop. I’m not the most organized person I REALLY have to work at it I thought I would pick a day of the week and put up a post every week. If I write this post every week on the same day it will turn into a habit; I believe that takes about three weeks. That right now is my plan. However, we all know about the best laid plans.
Dare to be…
When all else fails change your point of view. I had shelved a book I was writing because I was frustrated with it. The manuscript just didn’t seem to work well. I was re-reading Selgin’s book and realized what my problem was I had limited myself by writing it in first person. This book has several different cultures in it and takes places in some very different settings. So I going to separate my two main character and their settings until I get them together. Once together I’ll follow their story line until I need to add my other characters. I hope this works out better. I printed my manuscript so I can do a line by line rewrite.
I’ve been doing some serious multi-tasking today; I think I need a nap.
Dare to be…
I have added the goodreads widget to my blog. That way everyone can keep up with my reading; I am a rather prolific reader with very eclectic tastes. I’ve also added the twitter widget. I find this social media site much more intelligent when I need insight, tips and informtion on writing and publishing.
This is the first in a series of posts relating to my book on migraines it’ll be a memoir or autobiography type. I have written an introduction and have the topics for the first three chapters worked out. Not alot of progress but, forward momentum none the less.
Dare to be…
in the moment
not afraid to follow your Bliss
I’ve had Migraines since I was five years old. I thought it was about time I put my experiences on paper. There are many books from the medical standpoint, but I don’t believe many are being written on how it affects every aspect of a Migraineur’s life. I started on my book last week. My goal is to blog regularly about. my progress. I’m hoping that this will help me to stay on track and have at least in my mind some definite accountability for my progress. A friend of mine suggested to get six chapters written then put a proposal together and find an editor or publisher for my project.
Witting does not occure in a straight line. I just decided I wanted to do this project, found what I thought was a good starting point and started. I have two chapters, they have a couple of pages each. The working title is Coming out of the dark.
Dare to be…
The Invitation, written by Oriah is a beautiful poetic work of art. This book is full of life, love, laughter and grief. Sometimes its perfectly honest to tell a confidant no I’m not ok, but I will be. The biggest evil in life is when we lie to ourselves. No one else may realize it, but we do and this knowing will drag us down like a ball and chain. I know this well I’m 3 years divorced. The day I stoped lying to myself was the day I left. It was no picnic, but it was what I needed. In order to have a begining something must end. Then for a time we’re lost at the four corners of our life wondering which way do I go? My mistake was rushing it and picking a wrong path. It’s a good thing the people in my life are patient. Healing has no time frame, the process takes a long as it will. In the end I’ve found my calm, my balance and the path I’m suppose to be on.
Note to self have more patience…