Posts Tagged ‘oil painting’

wip: Tucker @ 15,209

So I snuck some writing in yesterday afternoon. Not a lot, but more is more in this case. I was on a roll but then I had to break to do some work. I mean seriously – what do these people think they’re paying me to do?? Oh, yeah. WORK.


Ah well. I didn’t finish the scene. Hopefully today. After I clock some time on the day job, natch.


It also doesn’t help that I picked up the new Nora Roberts book yesterday so my reflex is to drop everything and read it from cover to cover in one sitting. As a working mother of two, this I cannot do anymore (though not for lack of trying).


My writing partner thinks it too distracting to read someone else’s work while trying to create your own, but I find that it helps me avoid ugly pitfalls like “he said” and “she said” and explore new ways to craft a sentence so everything doesn’t start to sound repetitive. Of course, you have to be wary of the ugly UGLY pitfall of starting to sound like who you’re reading – but that just spices up the process, don’t you think?


This time I’m pursuing this project in a totally alien fashion me – “Don’t Look Down” style. Jenny Crusie refers to her first drafts as the Don’t Look Down drafts – she just writes and collages, keeps moving forward until she hits the end. It may not be pretty on first pass, but the framework is there and she can go back and finesse until her heart’s content.


Generally, that’s not my bag. I like lists and charts and bullet points. Order. As you can see below, that hasn’t gotten me very far in the past. I always try to plan things down to the last detail and then I lose interest in the actual writing. So this time out I’ve decided to try the Crusie method. So far, so good.


Actually I’m finding this approach is not unlike oil painting: you sketch, you block in the underpainting, then you go back in with color and light and texture to bring the painting to life.


Hopefully (fingers crossed) I turn out to be a better writer than I was a painter.