Do you remember when babies have growth spurts and routines go out the window for a while? Well, I think I’m in the middle of a writing growth spurt. The blog has been a bit neglected, but my attitude to writing has improved. I am no longer slogging away at my favourites, thinking the next draft is the ONE. I whipped a few others I’d neglected into shape and sent them on their merry way. I also started a brand new story Early Shirley, which started as a rhyme but now is in prose (for now ). I’ve actually fallen out with rhyme, we’ve come to loggerheads on the basics. By basics I mean I’m just not enjoying the hard slog of it anymore. More than one person this week has told me I’m throwing things in to make them rhyme. So if I’m doing that on more than one project, it’s time for some evaluation. Could all my rhyming stories be turned into prose? Is that really necessary? I’m not enjoying writing rhyme as must as writing prose, and you have to enjoy it right? Or should I just start afresh with new ideas. There’s so many opinions out there it is hard to know what to do sometimes. Are you a quitter if you leave rhyme behind for now, or are you using sensible judgement that something isn’t working and try something else? I have learned so much these last few months and it has been quite a busy time. Now it’s time to re-evaluate priorities, and concentrate on what works for me. What project am I the most excited about right now? I am itching to pick up where I left off with the MG and YA novels I started donkeys years ago. Unfortunately the latter is on another computer somewhere in the depths of our spare room! Maybe this long weekend, I should hunt it down. I am still very much into picture books, they have been a delight to work on and I feel growth within that genre too. I would like to write slightly longer stories with child protagonists rather than humorous animal stories. (We’ll see how that pans out!) So how about you? Do you wake up every day wanting to write exactly the same stuff in the same way? Have you ever been through a growth spurt? What did you learn from it? Something to think about. Have a great Thanksgiving weekend everyone!
Posted on October 9, 2010 by Catherine Johnson