I love starting a new writing project. Beginnings have all the potential of a great work plus all the fun of research—without much of the angst-y questions, like: Is this any good? Will anyone want to publish it? How will I rewrite this scene so it flows better?

P1070139 Beginnings don’t bother with specifics and picayune details. Beginnings let me besiege my interlibrary loan system with requests for books on orcas, sailboats, the Pacific Northwest, and round-the-world cruising…and then I get to READ these books.

I have actually been writing, though. After a week and a half of research—when every time I tried to actually start writing, I thought of something else I needed to find out first—I finally crafted the first chapter of the new book. (I want to crank out at least in the next week, because my critique group tackles the Peru book June 5th :P). Today, I drafted another first chapter.
My every-helpful husband suggested that I might confuse the readers, if I keep two chapter #1’s in the book. Good think I keep him around, don’t you think?

Sigh. Writers. We might not always get paid, but man, we have the most fun!

:) Cheryl

The hidden price of "productivity" every writer needs to know -

You’ve probably read the same tips I have: Have a smart phone? Check Facebook while standing in line at the post office! Respond to Twitter messages while waiting for your dentist! Catch up on your news feed while sitting on the pot! For years, I thought the path to increased productivity was to squeeze in MORE–more […]


  1. beth says

    Heh, I've got two (or is it three) Chapters 23 right now… *back to editing*

  2. Casey McCormick says

    I love starting something new but I don't like researching. *Sigh*

    I'm kind of having fun with my revising though!

  3. Cheryl Reif says

    Happy rewriting, both of you! I just spent the morning doing the "money-making" kind of writing (read: non-novel), so I'm psyched to spend a few hours attacking the new book. I *think* I'm done with research, at least for a little while.

    I have a love/hate relationship with research. Sometimes it's lots of fun–and sometimes it feels never-ending. I'd like traveling up to the San Juan islands and sailboating for a week, though. That's the kind of research I can live with!

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