We each have our own writing processes, and every book demands to be written differently. While participating in the #writingprocess blog tour last month, I talked about how my current WIP has been a difficult project to wrap my brain around. I said:
“This book demands immersion. She demands focus for hours at a time. And I’m not talking half-assed freewriting or NaNoWriMo first draft word-puke. This novel wants my blood. I do the best I can to keep myself immersed in this novel as much as I can, because she likes to hole up and shut me out for weeks if I’m not diligent.”
I haven’t been diligent. I’ve allowed this project to hide in the back of my mind. I’ve been avoiding it.
So after failing to immerse myself in this novel, I’ve decided to dive in 100% and go for it. There’s no time like the present. I just dropped my fiance off at the airport and he won’t be back for five days. Which means I have five days without distractions. It also means I can turn my writing studio (which happens to be in our living room) into a shrine to this project.
And that’s exactly what I’ve done. Say hello to my workspace this week:
Yup, I’ve covered the walls with all of the brainstorming I’ve done on this project: character sheets, outlines, mind-webs, questions I need to answer and more.
I’ve been working through John Truby’s 22 Steps of Story Structure:
I’ve collected setting and location images:
I’ve created character sheets with photos and lists of controlling beliefs, external goals, fears, moral needs, self revelations, and distinguishable traits.
As much as I’ve been avoiding this project … I can’t anymore. Not if I have to look at this every morning!
Lets hope this keeps me motivated!
I wish you all happy writing this week and the next. And if you have images of your work spaces, I’d love to see them!