On January 27th, I posted about beginning a new work in progress. I was so excited and couldn't wait to get started. But something happened on the way to "Once upon a time" ...
Family obligations have created a major distraction. I won't go into detail here, because I don't want to sound as if I'm placing blame. Stuff happens. We all know that. Yet, how does an author prevent the stuff from screwing with their creativity?
On President's Day, I finally bought a laptop. For the past few years, other than my desktop PC, my writing has been done on an AlphaSmart word processor, which is wonderful for text input.
(New model) (my Alphie that I got for $60 from eBay)
Unfortunately, I spend as much time or more in the editing/revision phase as I do when actually writing. You can't edit on an AlphaSmart. That meant, in the past, when I had to edit my manuscripts, I was chained to my PC. Buying the laptop has eliminated this issue, only the lovely laptop has Windows 7 and Word 2010. My PC has Vista and Word 2003, and the adjustment has been aggravating, to say the least. I've spent more time trying to figure out the simple things I could do automatically in the old version of Word. Another distraction.
All that being said, I'm only three chapters into Ain't Too Proud to Beg. Disappointing progress for more than a month's worth of work. At least my outline is expanding as ideas come to me about what's going to happen to Vaughn and Trenyce, and I've found some more pictures of Vaughn (Darren Sharper) that express his personality perfectly.
This is how I envision Trenyce and her daughter, Nala. I chose Beverly Bond, the founder of Black Girls Rock
and this little punkin. Look at that face. It's enough to melt the hardest heart.
Well, it's a gray, rainy day here in Atlanta, and I've already gone through the 106 messages in my inbox this morning, checked my Facebook messages, and have chosen to skip Twitter completely. Maybe I'll get Chapter Three finished today ...