December 9, 2009

Icy Cold Brainstorm

This morning as I stood in 20 degree weather (that felt like 5 degrees) on the crosswalk, I couldn't help thinking  (cold air tends to wake up the ole brain cells).

My  first thought, was about my eldest WIP.  You know, the one you keep coming back to, but never feel satisfied with?  All this talk on other blogs about revision got me mulling it over.  I've felt stuck in how my novel is RIGHT NOW.  I forgot how much power we authors have.  We can change or add whatever is needed.  So I've decided to go through my manuscript AGAIN and jot down what I need - on each page.  (Got this idea from a fabulous book called, Making a Literary Life --which I'll share more from on Thursday)  Doing this one simple step will help me because when I go back to make revisions, I'll have notes about where to start.  I won't get lost in re-reading the entire thing (which doesn't count as writing); I'll actually be making progress.  Such a simple thought.  You're probably thinking, "Well, duh!"  But it was an AHA moment for me.  Now I have a project to do and I'm filled with hope that perhaps, maybe, I might actually finish THIS WIP!!!!

My second thought, totally unrelated, was about the homeless.  Standing on the sidewalk, I wondered how it'd feel if I didn't have a time limit for being outside.  If I didn't know that coffee and warmth were waiting for me in thirty minutes.  There's an organization in my town that collects blankets for the homeless and, I'll be honest, I've only sent a few.  I've been very lackadaisical about it.  But this morning, the cold hard truth was whipping me in the face (literally).  And as I pulled my scarf up and jogged in place to keep warm, my heart softened.  I imagined all those throws, blankets and quilts stuck up in my linen closet.  And then I thought homeless people not welcome to warm up in places like restaurants and offices (although I've seen a few in libraries).  It made me cringe.  Needless to say, I'll be gathering up some blankets and sending them on their way.


  1. So true about the homeless. I need to go through my blankets also.

    Well, you already know I like revisions! :) And of course this could be the wip you finish. You can do it!

    Wow, it sounds way too cold where you live!

  2. Diana, I'm so glad you like revisions (since I don't hear many people say that). Thank you for asking good questions on your blog to get me RE-considering my old WIP.

  3. My 7-year-old son has been obsessed with the plight of the homeless for a few years now. He will literally cry with concern when the temperatures drop here - and we don't even see many homeless in our area. It must have come from something he saw on TV, but it is very real for him. A few times a year we go through toys and clothes and coats and blankets, and then make a trip to the local thrift stores and shelter. I'll have to tell him what you're doing. I know it will make him smile. :)

  4. Oh my gosh, Shannon, that melts my heart. What a little sweetie!

  5. Good idea for revisions. It is awful to think that so many may be cold this winter and I'm grateful for my warm home. So good of you to help. There are a lot of refugees coming into Utah right now and my neighborhood set a goal to make 100 quilts to give to the group that helps these refugees. Every Monday for a month when I normally just have playgroup we worked on quilts while the kids played. It was so fun to visit as we worked, but it also made me feel I was contributing something to a family that has so little. It was wonderful how our neighborhood came together - money, time and supplies were donated in abundance. Women, men, teenagers and children helped with the quilts and not only did we reach our goal of 100 we surpassed it and the quilts are still coming. There's so many little ways we can help if we just do it.

    Anyway I have an award for you at my Writer's Butt blog.

  6. I have so many extra blankets too and it's been so cold here. Thanks for the suggestion.

  7. Mary, that's so wonderful that you all worked to accomplish so much. I've been to Utah once. We visited two of the canyons there and it was beautiful.

    Natalie, I wish I could say it was my idea. ;) Hope it warms up for you.

  8. Good for you. I'm re-writing my WIP, too. Just found my voice and it's much dark than I had imagined, so back to the drawing board. LOL

    Lynnette Labelle


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