Things I Am Thinking About on this Tuesday

1. I’ve been slogging through the same book for nearly two weeks and I’m not even at the halfway point. Part of it is me being lazy and part of it is me having a hard time getting into it, but most of it is me being terrified that it will wind up being too similar to the book I just turned into my agent and that would be TRAGIC.

2. I finally got around to ordering the Christmas gifts I promised my family, oh, you know, two months ago. Methinks I should feel more guilty about this than I do.

3. My workspace is in need of serious organization. When I write, I tend to use the genius UNBELIEVABLY STUPID method of writing down various plot points, timelines and other miscellany on about 50 different index cards, all of which are then strewn haphazardly across my desk. I waste so.much.time shuffling through them trying to find the specific one I need. I really need to a) organize them and file them away and then b) come up with a better method for the next book.

4. I’m so full of it. Of course I’m going to use the notecard method for the next book. I’m a creature of habit, and my habit, she is chaos.

5. Speaking of next books, I have two in mind and I can’t decide which one I should attempt. One is a straight-up contemporary, the other is a non-fantastical historical, and both will require a boatload of research. I have no idea why I can’t seem to write anything about topics in which I’m already well-versed. No wait, I do. Because no one wants to read a thrilling YA novel about summarizing depositions or baking bread.

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7 Responses

  1. I like the index card method too, I use the cork board feature in Scrivener. Everything’s in one place, and you can see it all without having to hunt for the card you want.

    • Meredith says:

      I tried to get into Scrivener (and I mean tried HARD) but it just wasn’t for me. I just can’t use technology to organize. It’s like a mental block or something. But that’s great that it works for you (and for so many others). If only!

  2. I’m such a fan of index cards. I have a file box for them so I can keep them all when I’m done.

  3. Judging by the tone of this post, I’m thinking we’ve been in a similar mood lately, Meredith. I just gave up on reading a book I couldn’t get into (that NEVER happens!) and my current WiP outline is a train wreck. *sigh* Here’s to hoping your Valentine’s Day is lovely. If not, I say: Have a nice glass of wine. :)

    • Meredith says:

      Oh, I understand the sentiment. I hate hate hate giving up on books. I almost always make myself finish it, but sometimes you just have to set it aside. Drives me crazy every time.

      Happy Valentine’s Day to you too!

    • Shubham says:

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