Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Road Block Crashed! (Hen Lit in Progress)

WAHOO! I did it! I did it! Road block is down!

I was trying to figure out an Indian Reservation within walking distance of the Grand Canyon and guess how I overcome that obstacle since there were none?

I went - hey, this is fiction, isn't it???

So, I made one up.

Since this is my first fiction novel/hen lit, I wasn't comfortable at first writing about things I'd never seen or experienced since I've always written non-fiction. And that's what caused the road block! I had never even been to the Grand Canyon, so how could I portray the area authentically?

I thought about it awhile and decided that what I could find out about the area through Google and pestering the members of my writing groups who had been there was going to have to do - and started writing.

And guess what?

I did it!

The story has taken a really different twist and all because I let my imagination do the talking. And it worked! These women might be over the hill, but they can kiss ass! Indiana Jones, move over, the Over the Hill Chicks are taking over!

I got the manuscript up to 59,385 words last night and surpassed my 3,000 words a night goal! I'll be able to finish it in less than a week at this pace, so I'm going ahead and sending the partial to the agent tomorrow. I know how the book is going to end and all I have to do is write it.

But, I discovered something that really shocked me. I love writing fiction! When I went to bed last night, all I could think about were my characters in this uncompromising positions out in the middle of the Grand Canyon. I threw in a few surprises (even to me!) which are going to blow you away.

I'm going to miss my goal tonight because I had to work, but tomorrow I'll make up for it.

Okay, lots to do...be back tomorrow night.

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