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Day 13: The Poison Eater

posted on: January 13, 2016
in: The Poison Eater: A Numenera Novel

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Cutting Losses

I cut the first two chapters of my novel today. The entire first two chapters. Every word. Just ripped them out whole-cloth after waking up at 5 this morning with an epiphany that I had started the book too early in the story.

Ten years ago, doing that to a book would have caused me grief and panic. Oh, my god. I would have died. Just given up. Or, I wouldn’t have cut it because I would have been scared.

But now I trust myself and my process. Now I know what it feels like when you do the right thing for a book. This morning, dumping all of those 8,000+ words felt freeing. It felt perfect.

It does make me panic about my upcoming deadline — 8,000+ words, just gone! — but I know in my heart that book is already better for it and that’s all that matters in the end.

~iadace~
Shanna

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Day 12: The Poison Eater

posted on: January 12, 2016
in: The Poison Eater: A Numenera Novel

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What I’m buying myself when this novel is done. ↑

Some days there is nothing as hard as putting one word on the page in front of the other. Those are the days that you need to promise yourself something pretty at the end of the trip. Today, I promised myself this skirt. I won’t get it today. Or tomorrow. Not this month. Or next. But I will get it. And every time I wear it, I will think of how I persevered.

One word in front of the other. As many times as you can.

~iadace~

Shanna

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Day 11: The Poison Eater

posted on: January 11, 2016
in: The Poison Eater: A Numenera Novel

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The Things Writers Carry

There are very few things that I NEED in order to write. A pen. A piece of paper. My brain. That’s pretty much all that I have to have in order to write.

But there are many, many things that I WANT in order to write. These are things that make the writing experience smoother, better, easier, or sometimes just more comfortable. Many of these are tangible things–of course, there are lots of intangibles, like software and apps, that I will write about some other time. Today I want to focus on the tangible things.

As I gathered myself together to sit down and write today, I had at my side:

  • My Macbook Air. (I alternate between that and my iPad/Keyboard, depending on what I’m doing)
  • My lined Moleskin Alice in Wonderland notebook (I prefer dots over lines or blank pages, but this cover was too good to pass up)
  • One of my many, many Papermate InkJoy pens (writes great, super cheap).
  • A blanket. (I’m often cold and insecure when I’m writing, and a blanket solves both problems at once)
  • Hot tea (Today’s was Apple Crumble from T2. And then it was a homemade mocha).
  • The kind of mug that makes me happy to look at and drink from (This one is from Society 6)
  • A dog at my feet (Dog is lab-something mix rescued from the local animal shelter; they’re sold out of her, but you can probably find a different one in your size)
  • Rain against the window (Seattle-style)

Here are some things that I no longer need (or want) to have in order to write:

  • Cigarettes. Yes, I used to smoke, in my former life. And there was a time that I had myself convinced that I couldn’t write unless I was smoking.
  • Soda. See above.
  • Stress and sadness. See above.

Building a character is so often about focusing in on the things that the character holds dear. The things they carry. Covet. Care for. Now I’ve told you the story of the character that is me the writer. What I cherish. What I’ve left beyond.

For Talia in The Poison Eater, she covets and loves the things she’s lost more than the things she has still: Her arm. Her innocence. Her lover. Her blue-black blade.

Part of Talia’s journey–part of all of our journeys–will be discovering what new things she carries now and learning what they mean to her.

~iadace~

Shanna

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Day 10: The Poison Eater

posted on: January 10, 2016
in: The Poison Eater: A Numenera Novel

Got up. Coffee. Some words. Some people I like.

Panel: Beginning GMing: Tips and Tricks

Lunch. More coffee. More people I like.

Panel: Queer as a 3-Sided Die

More people I like. Drive home.

Some more (very few) words.

Dinner. No more coffee. Sleep.

Today’s word tally while at OrcaCon: 394.

Tomorrow’s word tally goal: Exactly 10x that.

~iadace~

Shanna

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