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Mar. 21st, 2013 | 11:57 am

Sometimes you come to a place where the pages you keep skipping, the pages you don't want to write, the ones that make you a Bad Person go. You've skipped them for nearly two weeks, thinking, well, I'll come back to them, and then there it is, the place where they go, so perfectly, so correctly that you must write them now. So you do. And then you make a note, review these pages later, because the force that drives them is not the most grammatical force in the world, the tears in the coffee shop, the anger at the vagaries of your laptop, those are not the forces of Good Spelling and Flow. But at least they are written, and the technical brain will steel itself and read them later.

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from: kathrynrose
date: Mar. 21st, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
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Go, you!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Mar. 24th, 2013 02:38 pm (UTC)
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I went back over them two nights ago, so I'd at least still be on track and not feel like I'm starting over today with material I'm no longer familiar with. I could tell I'd written them in haste and emotion, they needed cleaning up, but it was definitely what needed to be said at that point in the book. I'll be curious to know what you think when you get to them!

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Donna

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from: dabhug
date: Mar. 21st, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
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Hugs to you.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Mar. 24th, 2013 02:38 pm (UTC)
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Thank you :)

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Andrea Blythe

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from: blythe025
date: Mar. 21st, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
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Yay for writing. Those scenes can be tough, but also such an emotional release. To me, that's the good kind of cry. :)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Mar. 24th, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC)
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YES.

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Jemima Pauler

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from: jem0000000
date: Mar. 21st, 2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
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*hugs* *hugs* *hugs*

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Mar. 24th, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC)
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Thanks :) Can't wait to write with you and n3m3sis!

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Jemima Pauler

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from: jem0000000
date: Mar. 25th, 2013 08:05 am (UTC)
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You're welcome. And me either -- I'm so excited! :)

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors

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from: halfshellvenus
date: Mar. 21st, 2013 08:06 pm (UTC)
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I so understand how painful that must be-- and you've known it beforehand.

At least, they are now written. They had to be, and it was as terrible as you'd feared, but they reached the point where they were ready to come out. That is still better than going through all of that and having to force them, or not having a clear grasp of your approach.

Glad it's over.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Mar. 24th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
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Definitely! And I saw my ex-husband this weekend and was all, sorry I ruined your life, and he of course was all, no, you didn't, and we got into the bad times together and now we're friends and it's all ok, so that was good :)

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drwex

I admire your fortitude

from: drwex
date: Mar. 21st, 2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
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And I'm sorry you are weeping.

Some years ago, my then-gf pointed out that all the stories I told about myself were ones in which I looked bad and after that I stopped telling those stories and told others. Eventually a few of them crept back into my repertoire under the "lessons learned" umbrella.

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Re: I admire your fortitude

from: whipchick
date: Mar. 24th, 2013 02:37 pm (UTC)
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And it's such a fine balance, to tell stories that are interesting without always being self-laudatory, or compelling without beating up on oneself!

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