Wednesday, August 31, 2011

ambition and my new six

my scrawled notes!

Writing this newest novel has been a rather intensive process. Yesterday,  I told the Sasquatch that I felt like this novel was "squeezing the juice out of me," and I really meant it! Perhaps because it was just the memorial and this book is a companion to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon which meant so much to me, I've been feeling this overpowering desire to make this book "really good."

Which is how I try to be with all my books, of course. The difference with this book is, as I mentioned before, I'm afraid that my ambitions might be greater than my abilities.  But if dogged determination and will power can do it, I might have a shot. I've been in a state of overwhelming, constant, concentration, scrawling notes in my notebook wherever I am--the subway, the bathroom, the grocery line--if I'm not at the computer. When I can't sleep at night, I tell myself if the book is bad, at least it won't be from lack of effort!

One of the things I've been thinking about is my new six, the six things that are important for me to write about in this book. Now, they are:

PEACE
HARMONY
BALANCE
FORGIVENESS
ACCEPTANCE
EMPATHY

Interesting to see how they changed from my original six and I wonder what they'll end up being when the book is done!


3 comments:

Teresa said...

Grace, Do not fear the matching of your ambitions to your abilities. Your talents are many and you have proven so time and time again. I have enjoyed the fruits of your labors for over 10 years now and can attest to the fact that you've got "it", girl! Believe!!

AWuCardona said...

You can do it, and I can't wait to read it with my daughters. Interesting that Empathy was on both your lists of six. That's a good one to write about. You have the support of your faithful readers!

b.mousli said...

I prefer the new 6.. They seem more focused, and stronger in what they can deliver.
Keep going. Love your blog, love the books, have been reading them with my daughter, and moreover as a writer myself (not in the same realm at all) I get inspiration and strength from what you post... Good luck for the final lines...