The light is glowing brightly – and it’s not just the light that I’ve been burning into the night to get my PBs done. No – this is the light at the end of the tunnel as National Picture Book Writing Week (NaPiBoWriWee) draws to a close. It’s been so much fun participating. I’m loving the sense of accomplishment and community – and meeting lots of lovely people on the way! 🙂
Day Five: I wrote a story that I had always planned to write. Love the title. Love the idea – but haven’t got it right on the page yet. It was cruising along beautifully when hubby drove us to town yesterday, but when I sat down last night to write beginning and ending… the wheels fell off. At 11:30 I decided it’s disjointed beginning, middle and end was the best I could do for that day. #5 slapped and cobbled together – done.
Day Six: Had vowed to finish this PB by midday – and did! In fact I returned to my computer just before midnight of Day 5 to start scrabbling ideas down – and the ending. Then early start for boys’ instrumental lessons meant I was settled at my computer by 8am… story all-but finished by 8:30. By 11am it was finished tweaked and polished – until I revisit from afar, of course. (This PB dropped into my head after a gorgeous tweet by @KarenCollum yesterday afternoon. With no planning, it simply unrolled.)
Which brings me to another observation I’ve made during the week:
1. The spur-of-the-moment stories sparked by necessity or a twitter-tweet are the ones that are rolling off easily and pleasingly. The ones I wanted to write… have pondered and planned… pinned my hopes on… have been painful! They’re the ones most in need of editing. They are also my deep and feeling stories. Perhaps that’s why they’re taking more work.
Alas, I think tomorrow will be another late night, as I won’t get a chance to sit and write until after tea. Eeeeek! BUT the tunnel light will be shining brightly, so I am sure I’ll find my way.