Friday, February 11, 2011

Writing a Chapter at a Time

The writer wakes up, makes coffee, watches bad TV. Thinks about her next chapter. Can't quite remember exactly what the heroine said to the villain in the last chapter.

She drinks coffee and reads the last chapter. No, that's not right. Gotta change that. She fixes the chapter.

She gets another cup of coffee and stares at Chapter 16's blank page. Oh no! She forgot to put the laundry in the dryer last night! She goes to the laundry room and starts the load again, ignoring the rank smell in the washer.

Back to Chapter 16. She writes a sentence. More coffee. Nothing is getting her brain going today, so she switches on the TV again. Puts on the Science Channel to see if she can get a neat, new gadget in her book. She watches Science Channel for three hours.

She switches to wine. Now she has an idea for Chapter 16, so she starts writing.

The laundry!

She does the laundry and while she's up, she may as well do the dinner dishes from last night.

Back to Chapter 16. Oh yes, she has it now. She pours another glass of wine, gets some cheese to munch on and starts typing.

She types until the dryer buzzer goes off. Time to fold clothes. The dishwasher just stopped, so she has to unload it.

Back to Chapter 16. She's almost finished. She switches to water. The villain is about to do something awful and she's pretty excited about it. She leaves the chapter on a cliffhanger and writes, "Chapter 17" at the top of the next page.

The power goes out. One of those freak things. She forgot to save the whole time she was writing. Oh, crap.


Cherie Reich said...

Great post, Lisa! Although, I hate when the power goes out when you're working on something and you lose the entire thing. It makes you want to throw the computer and bang your head against the wall.

Aubrie said...

Very funny...and oh so true!

I type a little, check my email, type a little, go downstairs for coffee...type a little, play a game of solitiare.

Maybe I need a deadline to keep me in line!

Pamela Davis said...

Pretty funny...and pretty true. These days watching the weather channel on a break can last for hours.

Hannah Kincade said...

I lost ten pages once. I saved but Word decided to ignore my multiple saves...bastards.

And this is so true, real life distractions happen pretty much every time I move. Ha!

Christine said...

That was fun! And exactly how things often go for me.

Deniz Bevan said...

This is wonderful! It's exactly what I try - and mostly succeed - not to do on Saturdays when I finally have a day off work to get stuff done. Just substitute FarmVille and email for TV...