Thursday, January 7, 2010

Organized Mess

Isn't this picture great???

And the title, Writing's an Organized Mess, is so fitting for my post today.

First of all, whoever created this picture, WOW, absolutely beautiful. Secondly, they must've been a genius because the title says it all. Doesn't it?

Even though my writing isn't exactly organized, per say, it is definitely a mess. [LOL] I like to think there is a method to my madness. Then again, I could just be lying to myself, but it seems to be working for me, either way. : )

A little over seventeen days ago, I gave my self a swift kick in the butt, and vowed before all of you to finish the outline to my WIP. Oh, how I tried. And tried, and tried, and tried to finish that outline. Unfortunately, I didn't finish. I did learn something, though. And as a writer, it's always wonderful to discover which outlet sparks the most creativity. I discovered that "outlining" while it may be helpful to some, was a complete drain on my creative self. Outlining and I do not play well together (truthfully, we can't even be in the same room together. Especially with breakable things nearby).

So, last week, I abandoned my outline and jumped back into writing. Yeah, I know that's what I did last time (when I wrote a 93,000 word novel that was beyond repair, at least, for now), but I think this time it will be different. No, I know this time will be different. I have so many ideas (all stored in my head and a Word document...just in case I forget) for this story, and I can't wait to jump right in. Deep down, I believe this story has more potential than my first, which is sad to say, but completely true.

Don't you just love it when you're on the first draft high? You know, before you realize how much you messed up and how much you need to fix. First draft high is definitely the best. Oh, and finishing. That's always good, too.

With that being said, I'm off to work on my first draft. The only bad thing about taking so long to figure out that you can't outline is: your writing brain gets a little rusty. Thankfully, I'm bouncing back quite fast, and I attribute it to all of these blogs I write every day. See, being addicted to blogging can be a good thing. Ah, ha! I knew it!

Wish me luck guys! And I wish you luck with your writing, too!


  1. Yes, lovely image! I love textured graphics like that.

    And you're right: even if you just jump in this time, it WILL be different. Because you have all the learning from the previous book.

    I strongly believe that the more we write, the better we get, because it's practice. Just like if you draw a picture of your dog 10 times, the 10th one is going to be better than the 1st.

    So, rock on, and more importantly: WRITE ON!

  2. Good luck on your WIP. I've found just writing down scene ideas has helped for me.

  3. Good luck to you!!! I have no doubts that your writing will go well!

    And it's VERY good to know all this blogging comes in handy! LOL! I will remember that next time I feel bad about my blog-reading addiction!

    And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the artwork...

  4. Kristan - Once I found this picture, which it's clever title, I knew what I had to blog about today. It was almost too perfect.

    Thanks for the uplifting (pep talk) comment. It really makes me stop and think that maybe this time everything will work out.

    Either way, at least I tried and practice does make perfect. I'm good at practicing. : )

    Good luck too you and your writing!

  5. Jennifer - Thanks! Good luck to you too!

    Patti - I do that too. I can think up all kinds of's the stringing them together part that makes me want to scream. : )

    Good luck to you!

    Kristi - Blogging is good for witing...see all along we weren't wasting time, we were becoming better writers by reading and writing all of those blogs.

    PS - I'm pretty good at justifying my addictions...if you haven't noticed. : )

    Good luck on your new project!

  6. I love the feeling when I type 'The End' (I don't really type those words but you know what i mean...) and the book is done. What a feeling! That's why I encourage others not to look back and edit before the first draft is done.


  7. Love, love, love the pic! Good luck drafting, Kimberly. :)

  8. Lovely picture!

    Oh, the outline. I haven't made one since high school. For me, I can't spend my time on it. Sure, I jot down ideas of where I might want the story to go, but that changes with every page I write! You know how it is. You are writing and writing and suddenly, I can't believe that character just did THAT! While outlining may work for some, it's not even a thought in my head. Now, character sketches, I do. I have to keep track of who has what name and hair color and personality, etc. Good luck with your WIP!!

  9. Oh, and one more thing. I, too, can rationalize ANYTHING in my favor!

  10. Ann - Yes. The End is always good! : ) I'm contemplating just writing straight through and not looking back. It's going to be hard for me to do, but in the end it might work out for the best. I'm really, really thinking about it.

    Shannon - I know, isn't it so pretty. I wish I could make pretty pictures like that. Good luck to you too!

  11. Kristin - I'm torn. My normal life is rulled completely by the left side of my brain: controlling, neat freak, OCD and everything that comes with it.

    However my writing requires full attention from the right side of my brain and that side of me absoultely refuses to outline.

    So I guess that means I'm not an outliner either. Now I'm just fighting with myself to keep from completely editing everything while writing.'s always something.

    Oh and yes, I'm really good at rationalizing everything I love.

    I even wrote a blog about being addicited to TV and then rationlized it...LOL. I guess we all do it. : )

    Good luck on your writing! In time, I guess, we all figure out what works best for us. I'm still waiting...

  12. This is funny. I just set a goal to outline my next project before starting. I'm beginning to rethink that. I'm not much of an outliner, and I'm afraid, like you, I won't get along well with one.

  13. Susan - Yeah, outlines suck. Now that I think of it, I'm not sure I've ever met a person who does outline before writing.

    Outlines=bad! Very, very bad!

    Flying by the seat of your pants=Good!

    Who knew?

  14. I love the first draft high. What I don't love is going back and realizing it was too poetic, too jumbled or just plain old 'this makes no sense'. The first outline I did was my current WIP, and surprise surprise, success. But it isn't for everyone. Stay inspired, no matter how messy it may be!

  15. Eva - Oh messy it will be, but I'm still inspired. : )

    The sad part is that I really like the idea of outlining, but I just can't do it.

    Good look on your WIP! : )

  16. That is a gorgeous picture. And a little bit how I'm feeling inside. All mixed up.

    There is nothing like finishing a first draft. Except for finishing a tenth. If you don't go bald first. ;)

  17. Elana - I feel your pain...maybe a little too well.

    And I might very well go bald first. At least I won't be the only baldie around trying to sell books. : )

    Good luck!

  18. that picture is perfect! and first drafting is my absolute favorite part of the process. it's so full of hope and excitement and completely devoid of rejection and constructive criticism! HA!

  19. Lisa and Laura - Yes! I completely agree! I wish first draft high lasted forever. : )

  20. Oh, I love first draft high!!!

    I think part of why I fear writing (AND I DO!) is because I know if I go far enough into the writing, I'll lose first draft high and enter second draft wall.

    Outlines and I are a bad combination. Have you tried a very loose spine as opposed to an outline? Might help.

    Good luck!!

    All the best,

    from the desk of a writer

  21. Corra - Thanks!

    I kind of work off a loose spine now (I think). I'm always writing down things I want to happen, scenes and even dialogue, sometimes.

    Thanks for the suggestion and good luck to you too!