Yeah, books on how to write aren't the best idea.
Orson Scott Card's book on SF&F actually really got the juices flowing, but I only got a couple of chapters in to Immediate Fiction by Jerry Cleaver. I already was so bogged down with the tools that he had deciphered, that I started to forget how simple writing really is....
So I spent last night working on a little story that has been bouncing around in my head, and just had a good time with it. A couple thousand words on that made me feel MUCH much better.
When you take stories apart and analyze them, it is easy for the process to sound so difficult.... but when I just write, showing characters in motion and creating conflict come naturally. That's what story is all about.
On the upside, up with the baby early EARLY this morning, I let her play around me while I worked on my MC who I was nearly ready to excise from the whole story for being to dull. Spending just a bit more time on her illuminated the real reason that she is at the center of the story.
A much better place today, and with one of my little monsters off to preschool, I should get extra time to write this morning! Maybe I'll finish that story.
Gems worth Re-Reading
About Growing Baby Doing Good Together Elliot Rose Family Rituals Fie Flora and Fauna For the Love of Learning Greenish In My Opinion Just for Laughs Just for Me Making Tinkles Maya Mindfulness Mmm... So Tastey NaNoWriMo News of the Day Noveling Photo Friday Sewing Sisterly Love Sweet Dreams The Chicken Ladies the end Tonsils We like to Move It Move It Wonderment