Tuesday, February 2, 2010

When the Writing Goes Well

I love it when the writing goes well, when the hours fly by and I look up to discover it's already past noon. That's the way it was for me this morning.

Now that I'm nearing the end of my novel-in-progress, the pieces are starting to come together more quickly. This morning I was working on the dialogue between four characters, hearing their conversation as if I were with them in Alicia's sunny living room. The words just started to flow. I didn't bother with dialogue attributes (I'll go back and fill them in later, where necessary). I knew who was speaking by what they said. Besides, I didn't want to interrupt the flow of conversation.

I felt exhilarated by the time I stopped writing, had lunch and went for my usual walk. But the characters didn't stop talking. Their conversation continued in my head. There's still a lot of writing to do, but we need days like this to keep us slogging ahead.



Willow said...

Yes, we DO need those days when everything flows, to make up for the times when writing is like slogging through molasses!

Peggy Dymond Leavey said...

I love that simile, Willow. Obviously, you've had those days too. How is the sequel to your book shaping up?

Willow said...

Thanks for asking--I work slowly, so I'm still in the outlining phase, exploring ideas, backing out of dead ends, and generally scratching my head.