First, I've been really back reading the Bible. It's important to me that I stay grounded in God's Word, and I let myself wander away from reading it from time to time. With Easter this year, and a new group of friends that I am studying the Bible with, I have been motivated to keep it up, and it has really helped me stay spiritually centered. I think this has helped me stay motivated with all the things in my life I am trying to work on, including my writing.
Next, I finished the latest Drizzt book by R.A. Salvatore, Neverwinter. It was a good book, though I must admit I had trouble reading about Drizzt, now that the latest trilogy takes place over 100 years after the first 20+ stories. There are new characters and the world has really changed. I've realized that my uncomfort is related to Drizzt's own uncomfort, as he is having to come to terms with living so long (as an elf) and has had to watch friends grow old while he is still relatively young. I guess Salvatore is doing a good job of making me feel Drizzt's own discomfort. If you're a Drizzt fan and haven't picked it up, I recommend it.
Finally, I've been reading more of Holly Lisle's ebooks about writing, which I mentioned in my last post. This has been very enlightening. They come with worksheets and exercises to help the creative process. There have been a few items that I've been working on the last 10 days.
- Meditation - I don't mean spiritual meditation here, but simply taking time every day to sit in silence and clear the mind. It has helped me to push the many distractions in my head aside. I try to do it in the morning right when I wake up. Those days that I do, I've actually been inspired creatively and immediately sat down to make notes or write a few paragraphs. It has been really great. The only problem: it is not a habit, and I have skipped it more days than I should.
- Writing Conflict - one exercise I am currently working on is creating conflict in a character's life: internal, interpersonal, and external. This has been fun, as the exercise has had me think of a new character in a new setting. I've had to be creative outside of Trezl's story. I can now use what I've learned to apply it back to Trezl.
- Plot outlining - One of Holly's courses is on plot outlining. One suggestion was to come up with an outline of the ending pretty early in the process. As I read about this, I realized I do not have Trezl's ending figured out. Since I don't know where he's going, I realize that is part of the problem when trying to write how he gets there. He's wandering aimlessly since I don't know where I want to take him.
- So, I've begun work on the ending. I have an idea of where he's going, but I think it needs to be a little more concrete so I can then outline just how he gets to that point.
It's been a good week. I still appreciate all of you reading the blog. Your comments are encouraged! My motivation goes up exponentially when someone asks me about the story, or just gives a word of encouragement.