outlines! checklists! writing! oh my!

I keep telling myself that today is the day I start doing 500 words a day, and then it doesn’t happen. Things come up, and I’m just a lazy procrastinator. Today I had a lovely afternoon with my niece, who only flipped out a couple times, and then I went grocery shopping, then I had a kind of crappy workout, and now I’m home, watching “Grey’s,” which I hope I will be sick of soon, and I’m also outlining and working on characterization for a book project! It’s not the book I should be working on, the more literary book, the book I want to use in my workshop that starts in less than two weeks, but it’s something, and with all the bits and pieces I already have, it’s around 12,000 words.

I just made an outline of all the stories the book will include, and then I decided that it’s been so long since I worked on it that I need to get to know my characters again. There is a lot of them. Clearly my television watching has infiltrated my writing, because this book has an ensemble cast. It is “Grey’s.” It is “Lost.” It is my high school experience, just with slightly fewer characters. But only slightly few. My graduating class numbered 44. Anyway. I’m filling out character personality sheets for each one, so I can know her again. And I will finish this book before my 22nd birthday. And then I’ll get an agent again, and we’ll sell it. And that’s just the way things are going to have to be.

I may just be on track again. Hurrah!


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