It's good to be home and back to work!!!
The other night, late-ish, when I was too spent to write but not ready to sleep, I decided to do something about all the blank notebook covers staring up at me, looking all identical. Craft time! I keep notebooks for each project I'm working on--and some I have yet to work on but dream about. They're more than just collections of thoughts and scribbles and ideas. They're kind of like avatars, like they represent the unwritten book in physical form in the real world. That sounds hoopy. Whatever. I've always done them, and I keep all the old ones near me, and I love them. I use Clairefontaine hardcover lined journals, which have perfect paper and aren't too beautiful. You know what I mean by too-beautiful journals? You're afraid to write in them? These are workhorses. Plain but good quality. But I like them to be pretty, and to not be identical, so I collage them. (I posted a tutorial years ago.) I'm at the beginning of a slew of new projects (yay!) so I had a bunch of blue journals sitting around, indistinguishable from each other.
Now they look like this:
This one here is a page I pulled out of the gorgeous magazine FLOW (love love LOVE this magazine), complete with a quote by an artist other than me -- a quote that I very much want to be TRUE.
"I try not to over-perfect things, and I leave a lot of room to chance."
If you know anything about my creative hangups, you know I struggle with perfectionism. So this quote is kind of like a blessing on my new project. MAKE IT SO.
BUT. The fact is, now, with the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy behind me, I've had some revelations about my writing process and how it's changed, and how I've changed. I've been occasionally at work on a long blog post about this, so I won't go into detail here, but the thing is: I do leave a lot of room to chance. That has become my process: writing into the unknown, figuring it out as I go. I never used to think myself capable of this. It was too frightening. I wanted to know everything and be in control of everything before I ever wrote an actual sentence. Now I'm all about chance and discovery and spontaneity. It's awesome. And scary. And awesome.
And I am so excited to be creating new books, new sets of characters, new plots, and to continue to grow as a writer, and continue to take on my own creative challenges and my persnickety brain. YAY WRITING!!!
Now back to work...
And, ha, when I went looking for these photos on my phone I discovered someone had been taking some selfies while I wasn't looking...