Friday, March 12, 2010

FUN-tastic friday!!

Happy Happy Friday!!! I plan on seeing Alice in Wonderland tonight and enjoying some Don Julio's Mexican Food! Should be a pretty fun-tastic weekend! What are your plans?

Thanks to my wonderful husband I was able to get another 2,000 words added to my current WIP. I must say that it did not come easy, Wednesday evening I had somewhat of a breakdown explaining to him that the book was going nowhere, I had all these ideas in my head but I was unable to put them on paper, the novel was out of order and the story had changed a bit. All the excuses in the world and yet he took the time to listen to all of them, and remained calm. Something he's excellent at.

Are you a calm person?! Do you think it helps you in writing? I will tell you I'm the exact opposite of calm, which is why when I'm in the middle of freaking out I accomplish nothing. I also forget to breathe! Anyways my wonderful husband read my WIP all 30,000 words to help me out. He let me know what he thought, what he liked and disliked and if he liked the direction I was going. Luckily enough he said he was still very much intrigued and was able to get me back on the right page, and I've been ecstatic since!

So have you ever had any freakouts and thought you'd never make it out alive? Were you able to pick yourself back up? Or are you still stuck and need some help climbing out?

27 comments:

Kimberly said...

I can't wait to see Alice tonight & go to Don Julios! And i am sorry that you were stuck but glad that your hubby could help you!

Amanda said...

I don't think I could ever, ever show someone my work until I'd at least finished the first draft, especially my husband. My husband is an excellent editor, but he's brutal too.

Jen said...

It was tough to hand over something so precious Amanda, but I did, I knew I needed to if I wanted to make it past the 30,000 mark and I'm glad I did. My husband is still gentle so I'm thankful for that!!!

Catherine Denton said...

I definitely freak-out! My two best girlfriends have read different parts of my WIP and they are encouraging about what they like (and things to improve). Their interest encourages me to keep going.

Bish Denham said...

No I don't freaked out over my writing. It either happens or it doesn't. If it doesn't I move on to something else. Maybe it's because I've been writing so long? I've learned it's not the end of the world.

Kimberly Franklin said...

I freak out all of the time! Sometimes it's hard to get all of those ideas on paper, in order, and to resemble anything close to what a novel should be. It's hard! Hence the freaking out.

But what a helpful hubby your's is. That's so cute! So you're not alone on the freaking out (lol... how many times have I said that "freaking out"? LOL)

Good luck, I must resume my "freaking out" right now. ; )

laurel said...

I don't have freak outs so much as shut downs, when I feel stuck or just completely unmotivated. I have to give myself permission to have some fun, get fresh air whatever it takes to get my head in a better place.

roxy said...

My husband is very patient and supportive even though I don't think he really gets the whole writing thing. I often have episodes where I'm discouraged (or freaking out) but given time to think, I always find the desire to sit down and try again. Hope you enjoy the movie and weekend!

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Chasing the Moon said...

I'm so glad you worked your way through it and your sweetie was there to help.

Have fun tonight! Sounds like a great time and a perfect combination of fun.

I have melt-downs when everything catches up to me, I guess. But then I stop and work through it.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Freakouts? Me? Oh, you betcha! My hubby and a special "cheer princess" friend are my life-lines when it happens. :-)

E. Elle said...

I try to be pretty calm, especially during the writing process because I can easily see the freak out points up ahead. When I get stuck, I tend to get depressed. Eventually, though, I come back around to the positive end of the spectrum and get back on track. Takes a lot of will power sometimes, though.

I'm going to see "Alice in Wonderland" on Sunday! Too bad all of us going to see it can't go together. Haha. :o)

Jen said...

Freak outs, shut downs, depressed mode I understand all of it!!!

You're right E. Elle eventually it all comes together and then we all realize the freak out wasn't really necessary. But in the moment it was so worth it!!!! Oh and so necessary!!!

Kimberly Franklin you always make me laugh!!!

That would be awesome E. Elle if we could all see it together! We can dream! :)

Samantha Rose said...

i have breakdowns and freak-outs all the time, but i think they're necessary for any artist. i wouldn't change all those emotions for the world, because they're inspiring! yes, there are times when i forget to breathe but i think that a calm approach to writing would make the work so dull. and anyway, life is a constant upward motion, so it all works out in the end!

Ashley Stone said...

can't wait to see Alice in Wonderland! And mexican food just sounds delicious right now!

Summer said...

I tend more towards depression and disinterest. I can usually pull myself out of it by watching or reading something I find inspiring, or just getting drunk. Getting drunk usually makes me feel like writing. :-)

Lady Glamis said...

Your husband sounds SO supportive! My husband is like that, too, and I freak out constantly. I'd be nowhere without him. I hope you get more accomplished!

Nicole said...

I have a freakout everyday...ha-ha! But as a writer you learn to be resilient. Oh, and Alice in Wonderland is beautiful so I hope you enjoy!

Jen said...

Summer I think your solution is best... getting drunk helps everyone write better! I don't know why I hadn't thought about it before!!!

Great Nicole I'm so excited to see it!!! It looks beautiful, edgy and creepy... great combo in my book!

sarahjayne smythe said...

I pretty much shut down or braak down. I'm not much for freaking out. BTW, I'm kinda jealous. Alice and Mexican food sounds really great tonight. :) Have fun.

DL Hammons said...

Most of my meltdowns are internal. I tend to go around suffering in silence...but luckily I can usually work out the kinks and get back to work.

Props to your hubby!

Ann said...

Glad to hear you got back on track. Lucky your with a husband who is so supportive. That's half the battle really.

Enjoy your night out.

Lisa and Laura said...

Congrats on the wordage! We regularly freak out about our manuscripts. I'm supposed to be writing a new chapter right now and instead I'm catching up on blogs. Laura is going to kill me

Susan Fields said...

I've heard great things about Alice in Wonderland - enjoy! I don't freak out so much is get depressed from time to time. My husband's really good at listening when I need to talk about it, too.

Andrea Franco-Cook said...

I have freak outs all the time. As a matter of fact, I had one tonight. My book ends in 2012 or "The Thirteenth Baktun" for all you Mayan fans.

Anywho, I bombarded my poor hubby with statements like "Game Over, my book will be dated by the time it is finished, it won't be published because of this etc." Fortunately, hunkily delicious hubby remained calm and told me to "Quit whining and keep writing. It's only a first draft and dates can be changed."

Once my breathing returned to normal, I decided he was right and well, I'm still plucking away at my WIP one word at a time.

Good luck on your novel.

Kelly@ JustWrite said...

I'm so jealous you're able to talk through your freak-outs! Mine are all internal and I can't talk about them until I'm past it. You have one special hubby!

Mine is special too, but I don't think he gets the whole writing thing!!

Ms Sparrow said...

I'm permanently annoyed at myself because I can't conquer the demons that keep me from writing. It's so wonderful you have somebody to bounce ideas off of.