30 Days of Development: Lindsay is writing every day for thirty days, and submitting every day for thirty days, and blogging about it every day for thirty days. Whew! Can she do it? Well I guess she can….
Writing: The Bee Play. First Draft Done. It’s not perfect (doesn’t have to be Lindsay) and I re-wrote the ending about four times today (doesn’t have to be perfect Lindsay) but it has a beginning, a middle, and an end. There are some nicely developed characters and character arcs. I learned a lot about them over the month, it was amazing how a simple question can open up a whole avenue you didn’t know was there. Still there’s lots of work to do. (be happy with the draft Lindsay). I’m very happy with the draft. It’s a great feeling to get that accomplished during the project.
Thoughts: Some days it was harder that I thought it would be, and some days it just flew by. There was really only one or two days when I seriously considered not writing and fudging about it. But I never did. And if I was feeling crappy I wrote about that too. Craig thought I should ‘revise’ that one zombie post when I was in Chicago and I consciously decided not to. It was what happened, warts and all. Hey, friend and fellow writer Allison Williams just called me! I told her what I was writing about, warts and all.
‘Isn’t it interesting when you’re writing about the truth,’ she said, ‘that you feel compelled to tell the truth?’
Very interesting. Writing is not some magical fairy la la dust. It’s work. (It’s not coal mining, but it is work) Some days the work is easy, some days it’s hard. Some days you don’t want to do it, and you do anyway. Some days you eat the bear, some days the bear eats you.
This project has been a great challenge and a great inspiration. I’ve included at the bottom a short video to show you what a whole month of writing looks like. Lots of dead trees but I have so much material to work on now! That’s exciting to think about too.
Where do we go from here? Well, the writing doesn’t stop. Who knows I may get up tomorrow and take up where I left off. The work’s just begun. Beauty and the Bee will be workshopped in Florida in November along with the Sitting play if I figure out what to do with it. The work marches on, I just won’t be talking about it every day. My God. Who knew I had so much to say about writing.
Thank you to those who kept up, to those who kept me going and I’ll see you all here in a couple of weeks. I need a break! But I do think I’m going to have to do this again next year….
Submission: Leaves of Grass to The New Harmony Project.
Now, this was the part of the project that I was fully willing and able to shunt off to the side if I wasn’t finding submissions. Sometimes it’s a very dusty field out there. And you don’t want to send just anything off to wherever. And I especially don’t like to pay submission fees, it really sticks in my craw. So no fees this month, and mostly email submissions. Had a couple of bites, we’ll see what happens.