August 15th, 2006

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Working it out in your head first

dendrophilous requested suggestions for improving productivity by bypassing the heavy re-writing stage. I said that I planned scenes out in my head until they were right and until they fitted properly with the ongoing plot. dendrophilous then said:

If I could work it out in my head, I wouldn't be a writer.

I found this rather interesting because after years of practice, amusing myself with day dreams whilst walking to school, I could create and store in memory a whole library of adventures. If I'd just wanted to do it for recreation, I would have stopped at that, but the reason I decided to become a writer was that I decided that the best of the day dreams were as good as some of the books I was reading. I therefore thought other people might find them interesting -- by this time I was about 14 and had a best friend at school who also wrote and we shared stuff. It was purely the urge to share ideas that made me want to write.

I still do all the "plot wrestling" in my head. I don't even write notes until the idea has firmed up sufficiently that I want to preserve that particular version. The notes, or even the first draft of a scene, might get superseded later, but it was always the best my writer-brain could do at the time.

I still do plotting in my head and usually while out on a walk. I love the buzz I get when the problem resolves and the right answer clicks into place. Which by total coincidence, I wrote about exactly a year ago. *g*
View from study (sunny)

Study makeover

Some progress today in my study, despite being sidetracked for the whole morning into clearing up the garage.

Garage clear up: I managed to remove 5 bags of rubbish and carried several bags of chipped tree out to the back garden, where I will need to find places to spread them. I also put away a lot of Stuff that was heaped on the floor. It is now tidily arranged on the shelves. I then swept the newly revealed floor, put the bike and lawnmower back inside and dragged a few boxes, plus two old hockey sticks and a few bits of scrap wood down to the Swamp Beyond The Back Garden to have a bonfire. As I haven't been down there this summer, I had to hack my way across the bottom bit of our garden with the scythe and then clear a space for a fire. But all was successfully burned before the rain started.

After lunch and a brief rest catching up with email, LJ and rasfc, I managed to empty the bookshelves and chest of drawers in my study and, by manoeuvring the bits of furniture, rolled up and removed the ancient carpet.

All is now clear to attack the wallpaper stripping and preparation stage tomorrow. Oh, what fun I have on my holidays! *g*