From the beginning to the end; On writing, not a novel, but on writing today.
March 28, 2011 § 1 Comment
I say this a lot, but I’m working on a new project now. A novel, vignette-style, on college life. I’m not quite sure what the plot-line is yet, but this is the first thing since my thesis that’s looking promising. I wish I had a professor with project due dates and an ultimate deadline though, for then I’d for sure get the thing completed in a timely manner. But I guess I shall just shoot for the evasive “by the end of the year” date.
Things I’ve found helpful while writing:
1. Augustana. More importantly, Sweet And Low on the Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt album. They’ve got soothing vocals and pleasant to my ears music.
2. A thick spiral notebook from my college days and my favorite batman pen. The hardest part is to come up with names. So I jot down all the girl or boy names I can think of and eventually I get to one that I like. I also do this for other things, like critical plot line points or titles for the vignettes. Old-fashioned pen-to-paper helps the creativity flow way more than typing it out on a screen.
3. The library. I just can’t work in the house, especially when the bedroom/office space is completely full of boxes stacked literally to the ceiling (we’re moving friday). Plus, if I get here at the library when it opens and plan to spend time writing, it’s like I have a job and a routine, and that’s always helpful.
4. My computer battery. I like to write until the battery dies, and then I stop, pack up, and go home, where I do things like clean or watch the telly or read and not think about my work until the next morning. It cleans out the system, so to speak.
5. Twitter. If I ever get the least bit stuck, I go on Twitter, and read article posted by people like Boston Popular or The Globe or authors I follow, or random people that post random tid-bits of info. It gets the brain thinking about something else for a quick moment and then I go back to the story at hand.
What do you find is helpful when you write/paint/work/study??
And do you have a collegiate anecdote to share? Everything and anything is always helpful.