Monday, October 22, 2012

Writing Like The Wind

Lately, I've been trying very hard not get addicted to new television shows. I have to write! But there are some that just grip me--like Game Of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin's books. In fact, I've refused to read his books because I want to be surprised as I watch. (Now that is odd--because I'm usually all about the book, especially audio)

There is also something else I'm learning--that if you create a world that draws great interest, people want to read *more*.  If you don't write fast enough, people either move on or you get you tube videos/songs made for you like the one below. (Which is awesome--cracked me up)

I am finding that I have a *drive* to write. To get the next book out...but it is not coming out fast enough for me. So, I am taking a craft class to see if I can move forth a bit more purposefully. So far, I am loving it. It makes my brain hurt. I will let you know how it works.

So what method do you use to write faster? Are you a Pantser, Plotter, or both? What works for you?

And for Readers, do you feel like singing the song you see above to some of your favorite writers--and to which ones? --You realize you could speak directly to some of your favorite Authors at Southern Magic Reader's Luncheon on November 3rd, 2012, in Birmingham.  Now that would be fun! Tickets are still on Sale until October 28th, 2012.
Hope to see you there!



Cari Hislop said...

That song was brilliant, but I feel sorry for George. If it was me they were singing to, I'd run and hide (to a white padded room - with a lap top for company). I finally finished a book I've been working on for nearly five freaking years and I have to say I don't think anyone sane chooses to write slow. Sometimes the story likes to play head-games. I'm a pantser so I write as fast as the story reveals itself (my last book only took six months). I'm now in final editing, but when I realized it was finally done (and it didn't need an epic-logue) I nearly had a breakdown from relief.

M.V.Freeman said...

Hi Cari,

I think too, we change as we write-I know one author said some books are easier than others. (Very cool on six months for the one book you finished--I understand about the 5 yrs!)

But I feel for George--imagine the threads he has to follow...yikes!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Carol Ericson said...

That was an awesome video! I'm on Book 3 of Game of Thrones, and I'm already regretting getting sucked in. Maybe Martin will be done with Book 6 before I finish 3, 4, and 5! I write category romance, so I DO write like the wind, but I could fit four of my books into one of Martin's.

Lexi said...

Love it! Love the post, the song, and the freaking books! Reading the last one now SLOWLY to make it last. I am not a speed writer, so I can relate to the glacier thing.

Carla Swafford said...

I write sloooow. But I've learned if I get stuck, I just need to write anything on the page and before I know it, I'm back into the story.

And I'm with you about TV shows. This time of the year is always so hard on me as I want to check all the new ones out.

Presently I'm hung up on ELEMENTARY, COPPER (end of season last night), WALKING DEAD, MOB DOCTOR (heard it will be cancelled - sob!), and BIG BANG. After all the blood and gore from the other shows, I guess I need a little fun from the last one.

Since I'm at work I can't watch the video (thin walls) but will tonight.

Katherine Bone said...

Great post! Of course, you know I want to write faster. The key is to get away from the t.v., though I'm in love with Elementary, Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Revenge and Haven right now. If I could clone myself I would.

I haven't read the books, but I've seen Season One. Can't wait to watch Season Two. Handsome son #2 says the books are depressing because so many of the characters die. However, not being afraid to follow the story and kill when you must is a boon for any writer.

Flossie Benton Rogers said...

Good post, M.v. Freeman. Yes one of my main goals is to write faster. The second draft, especially, seems to linger. Also, Katherine Bone, I am with you on addiction to Supernatural.

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M.V.Freeman said...

Hi Carol,
That is why I am trying sooo hard not to get sucked into his world--it will KILL me...LOL

And woohoo on writing like the wind! :)

M.V.Freeman said...

Hi Lexi,
I would do the same thing! :) Savor that book!

M.V.Freeman said...

Hi Carla,
I know--the shows call my name! I am allowing myself Vampire Diaries and Castle. I thought Mob Boss was good too! (They *ALWAYS* cancel the good shows.)

M.V.Freeman said...

Hi Katherine,
That is why I laughed at the song--when they ask him to quit killing characters they've grown to love. LOL!

And I am trying not to like any more shows--I'm going to wait until Nexflix...:)

M.V.Freeman said...

And Carla,
You'll appreciate this..

When I mentioned Mob Boss---for a show I meant Mob Doctor...

What can I fingers just wandered off without me. :)

M.V.Freeman said...

Hi Flossie,
I am trying to do that myself--it can be quite a challenge. I think there is rythm to it. I just haven't found it yet! LOL :)

Pamela Mason said...

Good song. And you are doing a great job!
It's hard though.. you get involved and immersed in the story, and what comes next, and how she reacts to him... and then Mt.GarbageDisposer erupts like a volcano.
I have no premium channels, so I'm not addicted, but I think NetFlix is on the Christmas list....

Meda White said...

I loved the video. I too am a fan of the Game of Thrones books and am disappointed when my favorite characters get killed.

I'm a panster so when I write it tends to go quickly. It's the editing and revisions that take me forever.

I've been out of town and when I returned today my husband told me that I better catch up on my recorded shows before the DVR starts deleting them. I guess I'll put off writing another day to catch up on Walking Dead, Vampire Diaries, Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, Heart of Dixie, Duck Dynasty...

M.V.Freeman said...

LOL Pamela!
Thank you so much---that made me laugh. Netflix is the way to go...
And I am waiting for Season Two (just as bad as waiting for the last two books!) LOL

I like that Netflix--you can watch a whole season and NO commercials!

M.V.Freeman said...

Hi Meda,
That's what I'm trying to avoid as well is the editing and revisions--because that's another loooong process.

But woohoo! another pantser!

And I looked at your list of shows to watch--and I swear Duck Dynasty has been mentioned to me at least three times this past week.

I may have to put that on Netflix!