By The Time You Read This…
No, not really, at least not one you and I can see with our eyes.
I’ll be in story land. You know — that place that at first only exists between our ears (okay, between my ears.) And then if I do my job right, the story world will sputter onto the page for you all to read, eventually.
It’s the Labor Day Weekend holiday, and while my friends are off at Burning Man or Tahoe, I’m in a cafe, or in my home office, or out on the sunny patio with cats, writing.
I’m nearly done with the first draft of the next book about Henrietta and her friends. Tentatively called The Dragon Stone, this book picks off quite soon after Henrietta The Dragon Slayer ends.
I don’t want to say too much about what I will be writing as you read this, specifically.
But I can tell you that I’m getting mentally prepared. In the days ahead of sitting down to have my writer’s retreat, I will have prepared like this…
I’ll have been asking myself:
- What does someone have to believe in order to write 3,000 words a day for three days?
This question comes to me from my NLP training, and gets me to imagine that future me who is writing now. I see myself sitting there confident, involved, questioning the story, being in a curious state. I see myself taking breaks as I need them, stretching like a cat, maybe kicking the punch bag for a change.
- How can I make this a pleasurable experience in just the ways I know how?
Good pens come to mind! I like to journal as a warm up for diving into my story world. I address my fears and concerns and face the inner dragon of “I can’t” and “This is hard.” Tools I develop in depth in my book, The Writer’s Adventure Guide. I will find just the right ways to tell myself that I CAN and I KNOW IT’S HARD. THAT’S WHY WE LOVE IT.
- What preparation will best serve me?
I have journals and notes of backstory. I review them and get clear on what I’ve already dreamed about for my bad guy and other story aspects.
- Who do I need to ask for support?
Ah! A good one, and another tool from my book, The Writer’s Adventure Guide. My husband is my biggest supporter, and great person to brainstorm with.
As you read this I will be in a place far, far away… in my mind, working on the second book in The Five Kingdom series….
What can you do to prepare for your writing time? How can you make it a pleasurable experience?
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