90 Days and Counting…

Welcome to Making Baby Grand, a blog that chronicles my assorted escapades as I forge ahead (kicking and screaming) toward the completion of my first novel.

I know what you’re thinking…

I should be working on my novel, not blogging. It’s true. You’re right. I suck. I’ll do anything to avoid finishing this thing.

As much as I love to write, I spend most of my time avoiding it. Dr. Julia Markus, a professor at Hofstra University, once told me that writers spend their non-working lives obsessed with the fact that they’re “not writing.” Yep, that’s me. Oh, I’m enjoying my daughter’s school concert (and isn’t she beautiful?!) but… I’m not writing. The guilt can be overwhelming. I can’t tell you how many times I have been compelled to dig into my pocketbook for a pen and piece of scrap paper to jot down a witty observation while driving to the supermarket or while at a wedding, just so I can relax and go on with my life. For next few hours, at least.

Why do I avoid? I have a theory (and my psychologist friends out there should feel free to chime in anytime): I fear what I write won’t be up to my own standards. But, of course, the problem is when I don’t write at all, I feel worse.

So this is it! For the next three months, I plan to write at least two pages of new material a day. That should get me to about 300 pages or 90,000 words. And, procrastination aside, I’ve started this blog as a way to chronicle this process, work through my blocks, stop boring my Facebook friends with my misery and connect with other writers and readers out there.

I’d love for you to post comments about your own trials and tribulations with the written word. Think of this blog as our own little group therapy session.

I don’t know about you, but I feel better already.

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9 thoughts on “90 Days and Counting…

  1. Dina,
    as a fellow writer, I feel your pain and empathize with your guilt. I applaud you for going public with this and look forward to reading your chronicle of progress – not to mention your completed novel! Good luck!

  2. Dina,
    Your words hit home. Even with one published novel under my belt — it only took me 16 years :) — the process never gets easier. Thank you for talking about the guilt we writers put on ourselves. I love your new blog and the premise of your novel. You have just inspired me to try and work today on my novel in progress. My biggest problem seems to be constantly revising even before the words have been written. Anybody else have this problem? I know all about writing crappy first drafts. Just need to do it. Looking forward to reading more of your post :)

    • Kathleen,
      I totally hear you. This is what seems to be working for me: Every day, I plan to write two NEW pages of text. Like you, I have a tendency to go in and start revising. Revising is comfortable. Writing new stuff scares the crap out of me. So I let myself revise, knowing that I MUST create two new pages of copy at some point during the day. I have to push myself, but however bad they are — at least they’re there. And then I can always revise them.

      My motto has always been: “Bad writing is better than no writing.” :)

      So glad to hear from everyone!

      Looking forward to sharing and rooting each other on as we all move closer to finishing our projects!!

  3. I have several novels in the early stages, but then I get totally knocked off track and can’t get back to writing them. It comes in bursts when I have the inspiration. Very annoying.

    • Doug,
      I totally relate. I, too, have several novels that I started lurking around in Microsoft Word. I think the reason I was able to go so far on this one is because I knew how I wanted it to end. That made the difference for me. Good luck, and keep writing! I’m going to be checking up on you! :)

  4. Dina,

    You continue to be an inspiration! Looking forward to your blog and, someday soon, your novel! I’ve always felt so isolated when I’ve written fiction and, as a result, have stalled in this area for awhile now. But it’s time to revisit the ideas dancing around in my head — so thank you for reminding me I’m not alone in this solitary writer’s world.

    • Felice,
      You are so not alone! Dust off those ideas! While reading your comment, I got a flashback of you and me in the bathroom of Fairchild discussing our desire to be novelists. The time has come. :)

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