Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, Guatemala

“Reading and writing are acts of empathy and faith. Guard that trust carefully — in this rapidly changing business, it’s the only sure thing.” ~Erin Keane
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown

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~Jesse Stuart

"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Writer's Working Vacation

I'm a fourth of the way into the rough draft on my new novel. How I draft a novel is I take a huge stack of one-sided paper (my husband keeps me in supply, more than I can ever use), I get an idea and start writing. I figure once I fill 400 pages there's got to be a story in there somewhere. Outline shmoutline who needs an outline. Usually by the first 50 to 100 pages, I've found my story.


And I'm going on retreat, hoping to complete the draft -- when you figure boring freeway driving time (I'll be in the passenger seat writing.)



 And then there's the relaxation time by the lazy river, plenty of opportunity to write then.



 And what you have is what this writer calls "a working vacation."


25 comments:

  1. Wow!!! Awww KarenG!! Enjoy your writerly vacation - it's work really but a nice relaxing time too!!

    p.s. I'm in AWE at anyone able to write longhand while a car passenger!!! Yay for you! take care
    x

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  2. It's a good job you don't suffer from car sickness when driving and writing. I feel awful if I have to read anything in the car. Enjoy your writing vacation - it looks a great working environment.

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  3. Lucky you! I'm with Sally, I can't read or write ANYTHING in any type of vehicle including a plane. Some people have all the luck. LOL...

    HAVE A WONDERFUL VACA!

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  4. Hi Karen .. yes I'm with the others - I suppose the alternative would be to talk to yourself with a tape recorder somewhere around ... if hubby doesn't get too bored with the whole rigmarole!

    But how lovely to be off on vacation .. delighted for you - I could do that too ... but ENJOY - you will and you will write .. cheers Hilary

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  5. I could write there. I could also do a lot of nothing there.
    Enjoy your retreat!

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  6. What a view!
    Have a great time!

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  7. Hey, you fed us lovely food on the A-Z challenge and now it is time to cook a different sort of concoction. I look forward to 'tasting' it when it's in print.

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  8. I'd like a "retreat" like that!

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  9. oh man ...have a grand time! I need to find a better place to write!

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  10. I looooove lazy rivers. It would be so great to sit in one with a book. Have a great retreat.

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  11. Wow, that's awesome. Have lots of fun - and of course I'm wishing the weather cooperates.

    I finished reading Farm Girl. Awesome book;; like talking to my grandmother. Have you noticed a grandpa's voice is different - somehow more jovial?

    I'll write a review, I really enjoyed it. Do you want to do a guest post on my blog along with the review? Please let me know either way.

    ......dhole

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  12. That's the best kind of vacation! Have fun. :)

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  13. Wow, what a great working vacation. : )

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  14. I could handle that "working vacation" - I take photos and read when we drive somewhere, and makes sense to write as well. Have a lovely working vacation and fill up those " Outline shmoutline who needs an outline" pages :) Lilly

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  15. Ooh, that looks great! The very best of luck with it.

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  16. this sounds like heaven! Write away dear pantser!

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  17. Dear Kate, it takes me more than 50-100 pages to find the story. For the three novel manuscripts I've worked on I had to do an entire first draft and maybe a second and third before I found the thread. Peace.

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  18. Now THAT is the kind of vacation I want......and need!!LOL
    Great site.

    Patricia, Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice

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  19. Looks like florida to me! So you seriously hand write your book at first? I am like you--I begin to write and little by little the story emerges.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm not sure how often or if I want to start back up but felt the urge to write there yesterday and was amazed anyone found me as I'm not advertising or promoting it right now.

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  20. OMG, my comment has gotten eaten twice. Sigh. Still getting used to this new version of my laptop...
    I'd love this vacation, and I'm totally jealous.
    Tina @ Life is Good

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    1. Tina, It could be my blog not your laptop. I have comment moderation on for posts older than 10 days and yours was waiting moderation.

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  21. Those are the best kind, those working vacations! Hope yours was a blast!

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  22. Sounds like a great vacation to me! I used to have to outline everything before I wrote. Perhaps it's because I grew up in the West, where you can see miles into the horizon, but I needed to know where I was going before I wrote. Haha. Now I'm more casual about it.

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  23. Haha. Sounds like a great vacation to me. XD And I used to be obsessed with outlining. I had to know before I wrote. Now I'm a bit more casual and just write. :)

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