Sunday, December 18, 2011

Word of the Week: Inspiration!

That's how I've been feeling lately: truly inspired!

You may remember this previous post about my current novel project. Well, my little journal has been filled since that post was written. I have been writing my novel, on my computer since then.

 For the most part, it's been going very well. I did come to a point where I felt a "stuck" and I could no longer continue to just write the story, without taking the time to create several, detailed reference pages to work from. Too much information about characters, locations etc... to try to remember.

I did a lot of research and trial and error at that point, trying out various novel writing software programs and suggestions, looking for something that would help, not hinder my progress. And to help me get organized in a way that would make writing the rest of my book easier.

I've come full-circle now on this after trying out the "bells and whistles" of  many of the choices of novel writing software currently available.

For me, working with a typed and printed outline, character and location pages, in a binder to refer to, seems best. It's not distracting as I found some of the software programs to be, with the various windows and files/folders to open, when looking for the information I need.

When it all comes down to it, if it's not making the story move forward, why use it?

Having an outline and scene ideas typed out for the whole book has been very helpful. It's like filling in a puzzle. Instead of being unwieldy and overwhelming, to move forward and type a couple of hundred more pages to complete my novel, now I look forward to my writing time each day.

And speaking of writing time. I've decided to take the month of January to complete the first draft of my novel. Complete! Yes, I think it's possible but only if I make my novel top-priority for a while.

So, I've decided to take the month of January off from blogging entirely. Maybe do some visiting now and then, at my fav blogs but no posting. As you all know, blogging can take up a lot of time, if you factor in writing posts, visiting, taking photos for posts, research etc... And if I'm ever going to finish this book, I need as few distractions and diversions as possible.

I'll be back here at Happy Break with a Christmas post on December 25th as I couldn't resist the OSI prompt for that day; it's such a good one. Thanks for the great prompt suggestion: Sandy C !


Here's to a creative and inspiring new year, for all of us!


Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Good to hear how things are going, and as well about your creative process, Geraldine!
I'll miss you!
Herb and Arthur say they'll miss Ched as well.
Good luck with the writing!

Joseph said...

I can't wait to read your finished novel. Inspiration is only part of getting a project completed but it's an important part. You've got to have the drive and talent to make it happen too. Which you do.

Anonymous said...

I like inspired. But I am a bit jealous that June Buggie gets mentioned but not me! *pout*

Tammie Lee said...

how wonderful that you are inspired about your novel. I total understand about taking time off from blogging. Wishing you a wonderful time writing word after word!

Sandy Carlson said...

Enjoy your writing! You are making a great choice, talented lady!

Teri C said...

What a wonderful 'inspired' post. Great word for you to work with. So exciting that the book is that close. Gee, I can't wait to get a copy as I know it will be great!

Margie said...

G, it's wonderful that you are so inspired and I wish you so much luck on your novel!
And I can't wait to read your book!

Will miss you when you are gone but so understand why you need to take time off from blogging.
It can take up a lot of time!

Happy writing!

Margie x

Geraldine said...

Hi Brenda, I know the month will fly by. I intend to stick to a schedule each day. I need deadlines to finish project, always have. Thanks for your kind words and best wishes to you and the kitties too. When are those handsome fellas going to be featured again at your blog?

Hi Joe, Thanks dear Joe. I am going to finish and do a good job of it! I'm making that commitment to myself.

Hi Rumpy, It's a story with a couple of feline characters actually. The girl kitty will be June Bug, I just love that name!!! Thanks for the inspiration and don't feel bad Rumpy, there are lots of good doggie characters out there, more than felines it seems.

Hi Tammie, I spend hours blogging some days when it's all factored in: posts, research, photo downloads, adding links, visiting and more visiting, answering blog related emails....I just know that something has "gotta give" if I'm going to finish my book. I'll be back in Feb. though and also here and at MRLR, December for a Christmas post.Thanks for your kind wishes.

Hi SandyC, Thanks friend. And thanks for all your beautiful writing and inspiration you give to others, including me. I really enjoyed writing my "renewal" post, coming up for the 25th, already ready to go!

Hi Teri, Thanks friend. I appreciate all your encouragement along the way. It means a lot...

Hi Margie, I know that you understand being an avid blogger too. I'll miss my blog buds but I will be back soon. Hopefully with a great progress report to share!

Happy Week, G :<)

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