Slow Start, but Start it is

April 24, 2011 at 11:43 pm (Fiction) (, , , )

It’s Easter Sunday, and in the spirit of New Beginnings, I started my novel today.  …but

Two writers come to mind: James Joyce and Oscar Wilde. There is a story about one of Joyce’s friends visiting him and finding him upset because he had only written seven words. When his friend pointed out that for him seven words wasn’t too bad, Joyce said, “But I don’t know what order they go in!” As for Wilde, he is quoted as saying, “This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back in again.”

Those two quotes came to mind because today I wrote a total of 63 words. Granted, I did choose to start writing this during a two week, drain every bit of energy you have, rehearsal period. I’ve been dealing with puppets and production for 9-10 hours a day for the last week and I have another week of that ahead of me. Add to that the fact that emotionally I am dealing with some pretty heavy stuff, and it’s no wonder I couldn’t prime the creative pump today. I’m tired. I’m tired physically, with a constant burning feeling in my back, and I’m tired emotionally.  …but

But the point is, I’m now 63 words farther along than I was yesterday. And although that is a pace that is unacceptable for the duration of the novel, it is a start. Because I open a new show on Saturday, I doubt that I’ll even be able to touch this story during the upcoming week, but when I do get back to it, I already have a good beginning. That makes me happy.

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