I'm continually surprised by the overt correlation between mental motivation / inspiration and physical activity / health.
This morning's workout:
Decided to let YouTube take care of the playlist for once. (The workout "room" is adjacent to the movie "room" so, fortunately, this is possible.) Was going great. Audio AND visual motivation. Really getting into a grove ... until ...
"Sexy and I Know It" comes on in 105" of bright, gleaming glory.
Belly laughter greatly inhibits all forms of workout. Especially tread-milling.
“Hi, my name is Hilary and I have Point Of View Syndrome.” I understand the general idea:
Yet, the red scribble I receive most often includes the three dreaded letters: P.O.V. First person is easy, but I rarely use it. This blog, having only been around a few short months, has already gotten more 'I's, 'me's and 'my's out of me than the remainder of my writing years combined. Only two characters have spoken to me in first person. They are my recurring short story characters. Not much use in a novel. So, my condition persists. And I’m beginning to fear it’s terminal.
- first, second or third person
- pick one
- stick with it
- maintain consistent verb tense
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." -Inigo Montoya
Every project requires three things: means, motivation and commitment. Without the first two I simply discount the notion of beginning the project in the first place. But, if I decide that means and motivation are in sufficient supply, I consider the level of commitment required to complete the task, usually decide it’s something I can easily handle, and plow full-steam ahead.
I’m always wrong.
I present my most recent project as evidence.
I could easily fill five pages lamenting the physical, mental, financial and spiritual strain our kitchen remodel project has placed on us. I could tell you how a six month project became a four year nightmare. I could elicit your sympathy by detailing the heartbreaking and terrifying result of enduring a situation that seems utterly untenable. I could even go so far as to say that year two of kitchen-less-ness brought with it a profound doubt in my ability to complete anything – let alone the expansive home remodel I’d decided to embark upon.
But I won’t. I’ll keep this short.
Just know that, although I was incredibly mistaken in my projection, I did complete the task I’d set out to. And it only took 800% more commitment than I’d anticipated.
Now, if only novel completion were that easy!
KITCHEN - BEFORE
KITCHEN - AFTER
More pics on my Facebook Page - Facebook.com/HilaryThomasAuthor
So, I'm just wrapping up my version of "Spring Break" which, for me, means taking a break from writing to accomplish all the domestic spring projects around the house. I've surpassed my usual 2 weeks by a bit due to self-inflicted injury (i.e. pruning shears incident and brush fire episode) but, we'll leave those stories for another day.
Getting back in the swing of things means resuming my face time on Twitter. In doing so I've met up with a few fellow authors that hold the prestigious (and precarious) title of co-author. I've created a support group. If you're a co-author, you understand the potential benefit there.
Because hump day is "Writer Wednesday" in Twitterverse, we're going to attempt our first live Twitter chat this Wednesday, March 28th at 8PM EST. Feel free to stop in and share trials, tribulations and testimonials regarding the insanity that is co-authoring a novel.
Contact us @split_fiction and include the #coauthoring hash tag. See you there!
Personal Writing Spaces - How important are they?
Blogs, interviews and documentaries show that thousands of authors agree; the space in which you choose to write directly affects your creativity and performance. Sure, it sounds good. I even agree with the theory. And I am still the last writer on the planet without even the semblance of a personal writing space.
It’s my own fault. I’ve managed to find an excuse each and every time the prospect has occurred to me. And, so, I’ve done all my writing in cars, in bed, at restaurants, in waiting rooms, at my day-job desk, at the kitchen table, on the floor and in the front porch swing. I found the most success when sequestered in the den with a bean bag for a chair and a leather ottoman for a desk.
But, all of that is over. I’ve finally seen the light … and the potential for devastating psychiatric bills if I attempt to tackle our absurd year-long project without the order and safety of a designated writing space. It just so happens (yes, I’m ridiculously lucky) that we have a currently unoccupied room in which to spread my literary wings. Yippee! Time to unfurl!
I need your help, authors! What are some absolute “must haves” in your writing spaces? What works? What doesn’t? Is there a good color for creativity? How important is a good chair, really? Because those things are PRICEY!
Hilary's Writing Office
Why?, why?, why? … seems to be the ultimate question. Everywhere you go, people are obsessed with the notion.
But, I say, forget the “why”. Let’s talk about “how”!
IF speaker and audience articulate and listen perfectly, it is theoretically possible for the notion of “why” to be accurately perceived. But a good look at the process of “how” makes it damn hard to miss the point. “How” naturally reveals “why” in the same way that a picture is worth a thousand words. Why an action is taken, a conclusion made or, in this case, a novel written.
My favorite authors are those with whom I can personally relate. It’s not that I naturally relate to them in a literary way, but that I relate to who they were and how that knowledge shaped their finished product. Life situation at the time of novel conception, hurdles that spring up during the writing process, daily personal growth and the perpetual struggle to find words true to themselves.
Now, all this makes my approach to fiction sound very intellectual, but I assure you this is not the case. Testing shows (if we can believe a test) that I am slightly left brain dominant, but almost equally right-brained to the point of continual internal conflict --which is to say that, whether you deal with me in daily life or read my novel, you are in for a hair-pulling, teeth-clenching roller coaster of a ride. I’ll warn you now. But hey, that’s why Eric’s here to help! (sarcasm - in case you missed it)
So, bottom line, “why” blog about the writing of this novel? Well, follow along and I’ll show you “how”!