"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Friday, November 02, 2007

What to do between writing projects

I've been thinking a lot about the next book I'm going to write. Trying to collect all my thoughts and ideas. Brainstorm about plot and character development. And if I've learned anything from my last book, it's to take the time at the beginning to think about as much of this as I can. Make sure my characters have motivation and conflict.
Also, I'm heading away for a week at Thanksgiving for a visit to Chicago and to see the in-laws. Visiting in general does not promote a writing atmosphere, and it's always good to take time off.

Combine the two above, and what do you get?

The perfect time to knit something for my daughter. She's all about superheroes, so I'm going to take a darling knitted dress pattern and modify it to make it black with yellow trim and a yellow Batman emblem in the middle.

To me it sounds like the perfect project. Why? 1) I can knit on the plane (and I have no idea why security lets knitting needles through, but they do). 2) I can knit in the car. 3) I can knit while socializing with the family. 4) My mother-in-law is the one who taught me to knit in the first place. 5) I can think about my next writing project and jot down quick notes while knitting.

So I'm off to Michaels this weekend to pick out my black and yellow yarn.

What do you do between writing projects?


Jill Douglass said...

My mom had her knitting needles confiscated once. Really.

Christine M said...

Between writing projects - reading and needlework. Haven't touched my cross stitch in a while - and my crocheting is languishing - I've been busy writing (which is a good thing!)

Shawn said...

I envy your ability to knit ... I so think I would be good at it, mentally. I keep saying I'll learn ... good for you.

Jim D said...

I caution against knitting in the car while driving!

Jim D. :-)

PJ Hoover said...

Is that like driving while critiquing?

Barrie said...

Read, garden, declutter, cook, catch up--that's what I do between writing projects.

I'm at the beginning of a book right now. And, like you, and really taking the time to plot and get organized. I'm so hoping this pays off in less major revisions! :)

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