No-stress Storytelling

I just finished Lisa Wingate’s fabulous A Month of Summer and loved what she had to say about revising novels in an interview in back of the book.

“While I’m working on the first part of the novel, the threads seem to be traveling in a dozen different directions.”

Exactly what I’m going through right now. I’m at the point where I used to lose faith in my ability to juggle all the plots or get them to fit into each other in a satisfactory way. But this time, it’s different. I thought it was because I have been meditating more and consistently working on ways to take stress out of my life. With regard to writing, I tell myself I don’t have any deadlines. No competiton entry dates. No NaNo. And since it’s only been a few months since I gave her Gypsy, Mary Louise isn’t waiting for another book.  

But maybe another reason why I’m not worried about this book coming together from the fragments of my notebooks is because I’ve been here before. Lots of times. This is my tenth novel. Wingate has published nine novels and she says “These days I can (usually) be more patient in allowing the process to work, in letting the story move at its own pace until the larger canvas takes shape.”

So that’s where I’m at today, getting ready to go back into the notebooks and type out another scene or two. Letting the larger canvas take shape. Keeping the faith that eventually, it will all come together, in its own sweet time. 

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  1. Cindy,
    Once again, we’re riding the same wave … I have Wingate’s book in my “to read” stack for the summer. Being in the sandwich (taking care of Mom and my own family) I am sure I will find a lot in these pages. Thanks for reaffirming why I chose it when its cover beckoned. Do you believe in book angels?


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