Saturday, July 31, 2010

Working On It

It has been a few days since I have checked in.  I hope you all are checking out chapter 5.  I enjoyed writing and rewriting and editing it.  It was quite a process.  No problem though...this is what I love and this is what I do.

I have been working on Chapter 9.  How?  Have you ever had so little real time to write that you resorted to texting bits and pieces to yourself for later use when you do have time?  I've done a couple of pages like that this week.  Knowing that I'd be too tired to turn on the computer when I got home, I'd text myself important details and dialogue that I didn't want to forget while in the bathroom, at lunch, in the car while waiting at the stop light...

It makes me wonder how the greats were able to balance their lives and writing at the same time.  How many were independently wealthy?  How many were financially supported by family and loved ones who believed in their vision?  Did they have families too?

Ah....the struggle.

Tell me how you make it work.


  1. Hi K, great to have u back

    Yes, its a bit of a struggle all rite. In my case, since professionally, I happen to be a computer programmer engaged with a software house back here, it gets a little frustrating at times. becoz sometimes when I happen to be in that "zone" when nothing else seems to matter but writing, I have to put it on the aside, keeping in mind the demands of my everyday professional life.

    I do take notes on the way, and also do a lot of reading whenever I get a spare time during the weekdays. But there are times when it gets a little frustrating and nothing one can do about it. (Unless I guess we can pull off a real literary stunt ala Potter or Twilight ...)

    But I do make sure that I am able to write something in the evening, irrespective of how tiring the day had been. Normally I give myself a target of 500 or 750 words a day and usually do manage to achieve it.

    Anyway, I have also recently finished the first 2 chapters, along with the prologue, of the Wetland Novel, and it would be great if you could spare some time to go through it.

    I am usually an awfully poor judge of my work and just want to know if it sounds like a novel in the first place. Its my first experience anyway.

    I know I am probably asking for a lot, but I really don't know that many writers who can actually give me an authentic feedback.

    Thanks in advance

  2. Hi Leviathan.
    I admire your drive. For those who don't have the same creative interest, it is often difficult to understand the drive to read and write and... To some, I think we just look frivolous.

    I would be happy (and am quite honored that you asked) to check out your chapters. Will do so today.

  3. Hi there,

    Thank you for going through the prologue and for your feedback. And its a honor :)

  4. And yes, we do appear to be a little unconventional at times, but as it goes, you do need a little bit of madness to succeed in any of the arts. As a rule, ppl like to get a little sneak peak of what u r reading or writing about, and when u try to explain them, it doesnt really work.

    I am reading Steinbeck's East of Eden these days and its hard at times to explain why any one would want to read Steinbeck in this day and age when vampires who sparkle become bestselling sensations ...

  5. hahaha. Yes sparkling cute?
    Argh! Not so much.
    Will be completing my reading of chapter 1 this week.

    As for being a bit unconventional...yes, so true, I know I am...and I like it!

  6. Cant agree with u more, sparkling vampires who look like the ultimate metro sexual men, and fall in love with ppl rather than feed on them! No thank you. :)

    Yes, its great fun being a little unconventional or a little mad, actually the ppl close to me who have read all about the Victor's rendezvous with maggots and corpses are often a little taken aback, since they think I look a little too decent to write such stuff.

    And thanks in advance, cant express in words how much I appreciate it, and if I can reciprocate it in any way, feel free to let me know. I will be more than happy to oblige. :)