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Friday, September 17, 2010

Plot and Paper Project: Um, My Bad

Writing Song of the Day: "Fancy" by Drake ftg. T.I. and Swizz Beatz

So, you may remember Quita and I boasting about how we're taking part of the Plot and Paper Project revolution. You know, that cool idea where writers actually write in a notebook instead of typing on a computer. And we were thrilled. We bought funky, Michael Jackson notebooks and cute new pens and our ideas started flowing, but our notebooks look like this:

And we feel like this:

Quita has really good excuses for why she hasn't gotten to it. She's taking like 50 history classes right now along with her creative writing classes. Not to mention she's teaching full-time.

And my excuses are almost as good as her--but the truth is, I'm kind of still in love with my ex.

I'm not talking about all of the outstanding men I've date (cough-yeah right-cough), but I mean Wants, my first YA manuscript. I took some time away from it over the summer to "see other people," and everything was great for a while. I started getting a new crush and it was so much to see where the relationship was heading...

But then I started submitted chapters of Wants to my writing workshops. And then I reread an email from an agent that requested a "revision and resubmit." And before I knew it, Wants sucked me right back in and now I'm completely obsessed. It's my first true love, and I truly believe the more I go back to it, the more better "we" can become.

Has that ever happened to any of you? Have you tried to take time away from a project but absence only made the heart grow fonder?


KatOwens: Insect Collector said...

very funny. My plot and paper project notebook is also empty... but I can't blame it on an old crush returning.
It sounds like the things that are taking you back to your MS are all great-- a revise and resubmit-- that rocks!

KatOwens: Insect Collector said...

oh, and love the new template!

Glenna said...

Hah, super funny! I got really into the Plot and Paper Project because an old MS called ME back. So I totally dig it, ladies. :D Good luck with class, Quita, and have fun with your old flame, Pam! ;)

Racquel Henry said...

Yes, it has happended to me...lol...but sometimes it turns out to be a love-hate relationship! This is a great post, I think I'm going to try out that notebook thing. When I first started writing, I would say that the ideas would flow better on actual paper, than when I would try to type on a computer. Maybe I need to get back to basics.