If I have ever sat down with any of you readers and spoke about my writing and novel origins, you may very well know how that all came about. For those of you who don’t, here is the brief: A long time a go, I picked up a writing book called Writing the Wave by Elizabeth Ayres. For a couple of years this book was no longer in print, and you could only find it on Amazon from “these sellers,” but the book is now back in print and perhaps updated(?). You can find it here. This excites me. A lot of my students ask me to recommend writing books to them, and of course this would be the one. Ayres created this book a decade ago based off of her successful NYC writing classes. What I always found unique about Ayrer’s book compared to other writing manuals was that unlike the other guys, her book was not full of endless B.S. writing about how to find dynamic characters or how to make plots work for you. Writing the Wave is filled with exercises guaranteed to help new and old writers find their voices and learn a few, or more, techniques when it comes to crafting prose. How do I know for sure? Becuase my characters and my novel grew out of those exercises.
The reason why I am mentioning this in today’s blog, aside from the fact that you should get this book, is becuase recently I have been having trouble writing. I think a lot of it has to do with over thinking. I have spent a great deal of time revising my soon to be YA novel and that has got me second guessing every word I write. Another reason I believe has caused the trouble is environment. Do you remember that scene in the Sex and the City Movie where Carrie and Charlotte are shopping for the right desk and Carrie says, “When the desk comes, the writing will come.” (or something close to that.) Carrie is right. The right desk – space -etc, will bring about the writing because a large part of creativity does come from environment. Mine has not felt very creative in a while. I am outgrowing my cramped writing corner and I need a real office and a really nice desk. I also need a new laptop. But that’s another story – though I think the third part of the trouble is not feeling one with my on death’s door laptop.
I have been trying hard to work on this short story I want to submit for possible publication. It has been challenging, but the deadline is approaching and I need to get it done and sent off. I’m just not feeling it. I know it is defiantly time for a change of space, but that’s not going to happen anytime soon. I’m just going to have to forge ahead a deal with it and work out whatever the issues are so I can just go on writing. Maybe I’ll pull out my copy of Writing the Wave and see how far I can ride.