Jolene Dawe

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Update for June

Or: Things I should know by now.


Trying to plan out a story beyond the very basic ideas of what I want to accomplish never works for me. Never. Ever. Unless we’re counting “works for me” as “makes me stop with the story as soon as possible and never want to return.”

Which, I’m not.

The first draft for me is one about discovery, and I don’t finish anything unless I let that story unfurl as I go, rather than trying to summerize scenes and plot points the way I think they should be summerized, the way I think Real Writers do it. Oh, no, I don’t think that consciously, of course, but I keep coming back to this, so it’s got to be there somewhere, right?

I like to be delighted, shocked, horrified, and excited as I go, just as if I’m reading the story for the first time. The pacing and fiddling and structuring can -- must, I think, for me, come after.

I have uncounted ideas and project starts that have fizzled out because of this idea I have, that if i can just pin down this formula, I can write faster, better, more. I have this idea that, if I plot and plan just right, I can just plug the scenes in where I think they should go. Except, by the time I plan out what I want the scene to be, it becomes dull, uninteresting. Staged.

It’s frustrating. There’s only so much time I can spend on writing, and I have so many stories wanting out. But, more than anything, especially right now, I want -- need, and want -- my stories to be escapism. For my readers, yes. But, for myself, first. I’m going to honor that. And I’m going to try, by gods, to remember this lesson.

Draft A Novel With Me is getting shelved. All the stories I’ve started and stopped so far this year are also getting shelved. I’ve started a new one as of last night, and for the rest of the year at least, my projects are for fun only. Sit down, write, and let go. There will be no polishing. There will be no editing.

There will be sharing, if you’re into that sort of thing. Patrons will still gain access to what I’m able to share, as I’m able to share it. That’s it. That’s all I’m doing for right now. If that isn’t your jam, I totally get it, and thanks for your support thus far. If it is your jam, thank you. If it’s your jam but you’re strapped right now -- reach out to me.

I’m bumping pledges back down to $1 for all the things. If you pledge more you have my undying gratitude, but every little bit helps, and this gets the pressure off of me so I can write and dive into this and not try to be perfect or “A Real Writer.”

In any event, thank you. Just, thank you.
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