Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Give me a little credit!

Dear Fellow Insecure Writers,
     We all have pros and cons for writing. Areas of strength and areas of weakness. The problem I am concentrating on this month is my need for speed. I've been in a hurry all my life. Speed walker, short cutter, multi tasker. This is probably why I like haiku so much!
     Zipping through life is not great for writing. I can whip up a first draft in no time. What I need to do is slow down and immerse the reader in a setting and make them feel like they are there. But when I write a scene, I concentrate on character movement, action and emotion and dialog. Then I have to go back and add the details to incorporate the senses. I don't want to dwell, but I need to develop the entire scene.
     So that's what I'm working on now. Editing and pumping up the experience so it's juuuust right.
                                                                   Thanks for the listening ears!
                                                                   Speedy Sally

What are you working on?

And for Sensational Haiku Wednesday, some fun credit haiku...

Artists earn credit
giving of themselves products
from the heart, not free

Credit, I love, hate
thee, with thy tempting tripes of
buy now, pay later.



The government should
be denied further credit
until debts are paid.

34 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

I would like to borrow a bit of the speed you use so I can get my work done LOL!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tara, you are not alone! That is exactly how I write as well. Get the basics down first, add details later. Don't stress it. That's just the way some of us write.

Annalisa Crawford said...

And those slower scenes will make the fast action scenes seem even faster and exciting - win-win :-)

Angela Cothran said...

Amen to the debt thought!!!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Love your fall banner! :D

I do the same thing with setting. It's easier to do it after everything else, and you can use it to up the emotion in the scene.

E. Arroyo said...

I do the same too. I layer everything in subsequent drafts. It works for me. =)

anthonynorth said...

Enjoyed them. Especially the middle one.

Tyrean Martinson said...

I have that same issue with my writing . . .sort of on purpose, though. I used to take forever to write a first draft, and I would lose interest somewhere in that process. So now I scurry through it, and then I go back and add the details.

Love your haiku! and love your fall look on your blog!

Tamara said...

I think it works either way. I go back and add extra details a lot too. It helps to just get it out on paper, then I can fix it all up later. Good luck with it!!

And I love your haikus. :)

Julie said...

Great haiku as always! And I can so relate to your need for speed. People always ask me why I'm in such a hurry when I'm walking but I don't even realize I'm walking fast!

Love your new "fall fairy" layout!

Rena said...

Yeah, the speed problem, I has it (wait, does this mean we're related via the Speed Force a la DC?). The only thing I've found that helps is to put the draft away for a long time before coming back to it. What do I mean by a long time? Now I write a whole other novel first. Then I start to be able to see where the scenes could use a bit of description to carry along the story. Maybe next time my process will change, but right now, this one seems to be working for me.

Ink in the Book said...

I am too much of a perfectionist (no, I'm not perfect. Far from it. But I do worry about getting everything just right.)
anyway.
I wished I could just write and then go back and perfect

Lexa Cain said...

I'm the opposite - I have no trouble with setting or sensory-action, but I'd like to borrow the dialog gene from you. I often slow way down when it comes to that and voice. You're doing the right thing in coming back to revise for setting. Sometimes I devote a revision to just trying to get the voice right.
Good luck in all you do! :-)

Anonymous said...

Does this sound familiar?, " Tara, wait for us" as you hurried to be 20 feet ahead of the family. Ha!!!!

The worse part of the gov. spending is that WE are paying their bills.
mom

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Three different haikus yet all very well penned on theme 'credit' ~ (A Creative Harbor) ~ thanks for coming by and commenting ^_^

Dana said...

I'm always in a hurry, too—always.

Have a happy Wednesday!

Green Speck said...

Lovely use of the theme ... the last one is my favorite, and I agree to it :-)

VikLit said...

I am exactly the same. I like to think it makes us efficient ;)

Heather Gardner said...

Love the new Fall look! My favorite time of year.
I agree. The layering is slow work. I didn't even know I needed layers. Makes me think of Shrek and the onion and parfaits!
It's going to happen for us Tara. It will.

thedharmadiva said...

I have the exact same problem. I need to slow down. I need to take the reader through the process, instead of trying to shortcut it because I know where I want to be.

Laura said...

I have the opposite problem some days - I love that slow sensual development of a scene- I took 1000 words to describe a desk once... hmm - one word for that - 'delete!' Good luck :)
Lx

Jackie said...

Great credit haiku!
When I write, it's at a slow pace. But with other things, I run, run, run. :D

Livia said...

I take time to write my film reviews and blog. I speed up my writing when I'm under tight deadlines. I like taking my time on things but maybe, I'm going too slow.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Reading your work today, I learned a new way to use "tripe." Formerly, I thought it was only intestines. Now I know better!

J.L. Campbell said...

Hi, Tara,
Cute masthead. I like.
Like you, I don't write in a lot of sensory details until the 2nd and 3rd draft, but I do make sure I capture as many of the senses as possible in each scene and yes, I also understand moving at the pace of a whirlwind.

Good sense to your haiku.

Lynda R Young said...

yes! Slowing down also makes us more observant too--or so I hear ;)

(I'm also always in too much of a hurry, sigh)

Kimberly Gabriel said...

I'm the opposite. I spend WAY too much time overdeveloping the scene then have to go back and cut most of it out! ;) Good luck with editing!

Tara Tyler said...

thanks for the understanding and encouragement, everyone! just what i needed!

Samantha May said...

On the contrary, I think I write FAR too slow :P But it's great that you want to slow down to really appreciate what you're writing and make it the absolute best you can.

Christine Rains said...

Love your new banner! I can do a first draft quickly too. Rewriting, well, not so much.

Doreen said...

I like the new look!
I always do my scene writing in layers. Always going back and adding more or taking some away. It sometime takes so much to get it just right and other times it just flows..
Oh the love/hate relationship with credit:)

Cynthia said...

I would like to write fast, but I tend to go slow...you have a good method going there though!

michelle said...

In general, I operate on high speed BUT my writing tends to be slow!
You seem to be doing okay with your speedy writing style/method... as the saying goes, why fix something that's not broken?

Candilynn Fite said...

Lol, Tara! This is why I like to write picture books. I whip through the first draft in a day or two. Then going back through them over a couple of weeks. Then it's off to critiques. Now, submitting. That's where I wimp out! Happy October IWSG :) Love the header up there!