Writing Day!

Maggie came down for school this past weekend so we took a little trip to Saxby’s and did a little writing. I didn’t really enjoy my latte there and I’ll probably go back to Starbucks next time.

Does any one else feel like they write better when they aren’t home? I think it’s weird. There are so many distractions at a coffee house, at a Panera, a diner, wherever, but I’m less distracted there than I am at home.

I mean… no one is barking at me out in public, but home is more relaxing. So relaxing, in fact, that I don’t get any writing done there.

My mentor for the semester Pablo Cartaya ( #namedropping ) told me to just write my scenes as they came to me. Not in any order, no outlining allowed, no planning of any kind. So I have sixteen un-connected scenes for a new piece right now. But, now I’m looking at them…

AND I NEED TO PLAN.

Writing the first few scenes willy nilly was fine. I was exploring the setting, the characters, the world, and that’s all good-but the more I wrote, the more I needed some direction. It’s like being in the car and heading somewhere. When you leave your house you probably know where you’re going but at a certain point someone needs to tell you to make a left turn.

So now, NOW, I need an outline. I think that will be my goal this week. Make a short outline and figure some things out. At least for the first act. A lot of the scenes I wrote were endgame. My main character finding out the big secret, my MC changing, my MC putting pieces together.

But you know as well as I do… something happens before that. And right now I’m not exactly sure what that is.

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By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her masterโ€™s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessicaโ€™s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.