Sunday, October 18, 2009


I was going to tell a story about when I opened a package from my mother this week and pulled out a cheerleading outfit she'd sent Bekah. Bekah clasped her hands together under her chin and declared, "It's like a dream come true!"

I was also going to talk about the shopping trip I took with Bekah the other day in which she saw a Laura Ashley dress (the one she wore today) and freaked because... "Have you seen anything so beautiful?"

The post was going to be witty and humorous. I was going to talk about how I feel like I'm selling out on my uncool teen-self by creating a Laura Ashley wearing cheerleader. How did that happen?! I did eat sushi while I was pregnant. Maybe the mercury does effect the fetus after all...

But here's the thing, I can't do witty or humorous today. Why? Well because this current manuscript is KILLING ME. It's all I can think about. I have notes...


It doesn't fit together. Oh, it tries to fit together. The plot looks sound... but then I tinker a little bit and the sands shift... what were once minor little holes are now craters.



  1. I very much understand your frustration. As cheesy and cliche as it sounds... sometimes its good to take a step back and look at it from a much, much higher point of view. Sometimes, you may have to delete notes, or ignore them, no matter how cool the scene is. If it doesn't fit, don't force it. Your readers will notice.

  2. Hahaha,I was NOT that type either.
    My sister was the cheerleader, band member, yada yada. I was the anguished artist.

  3. I feel your angst..... I hate it when I write notes that look like Greek three weeks later when I really need them!

  4. Forgot to tell you that you have an award from me on my blog. Go grab it, you deserve it. Thanks for always, always making me smile :-)

  5. I know what you mean. I tend to work backwards when writing, I think. I can vividly create characters and make them come to life, but then I don't know what to do with them! Plot is the hardest thing for me.

  6. Are the notes from a writing group? I always wonder where people get notes for their books. I really enjoy your blog thank you.

  7. Thank you, Kristi!

    Ellen, they're my notes. I keep notes in my first draft to help me form my second.

  8. You'll pull it together!

    Bekah cracks me up. SO. CUTE.

  9. You'll figure it out. :)

    Kiss the little future cheerleader, Laura Ashley wearing girl for me.



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