I’m knee-deep in a new book based on my Wild Women Writing Workshop, and just as I’ve done with other projects, I’m using visual images to inspire me.
In this case, I stripped the bulletin board above my writing space of its mini-collages of characters in my novel (the novel has been put in drawer until I finish this project), and filled the space with images of women—some mini-reproductions of famous art, a couple of greeting card images, random clips from magazines, a few postcards, even a picture of me taken way back when I was a Wild Woman apprentice. I included some mementos, a few pins, a Chinese fan, and a wooden bracelet.
Who keeps them anyhow? I can’t even find my list from last year, but I’m sure it included: “Finish novel, exercise daily, go to bed earlier, get up earlier, make budget, stick to budget,” and on an on, ad infinitum. The same general notes as 2012 and countless years previous.
Truth is, I’m not very good at New Year’s Resolutions and I bet you’re not either. In fact, I read somewhere that by mid-February 70% of us have broken 80% of our New Year’s Resolutions. We make ‘em, we break ‘em and then we feel bad about ourselves.
Instead of resolutions, I’m sending out my intentions for 2014 to whatever benevolent presence might be listening.
I know you’re busy with bzillions of other letters, so I’ll just get right to it:
Please bring me a six-pack of stamina, a super-size box of imagination, and a package or two of really good verbs.
I could also use some ideas on how to solve that tricky flashback problem in Chapter 7, and maybe a fresh metaphor for the river imagery.
Do you have any kind of a cliche-blocker? Something that’s battery operated. Or wireless. Is there an app for this now?