Sunday, January 23, 2011

15 step program

Still working on my short story for the Jane Austen Made Me Do It contest. I wrote a new beginning scene last night and I like it better.

Writing is a lot harder than I ever thought it would be, just so you know. Here's how it goes:

1. Write two sentences.

2. Whine.

3. Get coffee.

4. Moan.

5. Delete three sentences.

6. Make yet another outline.

7. Stare blankly at the screen.

8. Discover that your coffee is now cold.

9. Whine.

10. Get more coffee.

11. Finally finish the scene.

12. Despair that it is badly written.

13. Go to bed.

The next day:

14. Discover that the scene you wrote yesterday wasn't as bad as you thought.

15. Repeat the entire process from step one.

Despite all the whining and cold coffee, I really enjoy writing. Step 14 is my favorite.

On the website that is hosting this contest,, they are also doing a group read of Emma. It is starting today, but there is still time to catch up.

When I very first started visiting Pemberley they were doing an Emma group read, so doing it again makes me feel all nostalgic. I learned so much the first time. It's really what made me love that novel. Everybody on these message boards is so intelligent and they all have a love for the books that makes it a great experience. I highly recommend participating, or at least getting on and reading other people's posts.

I go by LindseyJane on the message boards. I'm not sure how much I will be posting, but I might pop in once in a while. Hope to see you there!



Marian said...

I've been reading Pemberley for a few years now, but haven't joined. Mainly because it's been years since I read Jane Austen, and I'm more familiar with the adaptations. :P I still like reading the forum, though!

I know what you mean about writing, too. I'll spend hours on a couple of pages and the next day pronounce it rubbish...

Tarissa said...

LOL... I've loved your list. It's funny, but... it's true.