Sunday, June 5, 2011

Crying my way through a scene

Yesterday, I wrote a scene that made me cry. Wow, why would I do that to myself. But then I reread it and cried again. It still needs work, so I'll be crying my way through it a few more times. Writing the ending to a books is tiresome and just plain hard. That's why I put it off. That and the story changes in the process of writing it, which affects the ending. I'm about 82% done, probably more because I have fifteen thousand more words till I reach my goal and I don't think I need that many words, but by the time I rewrite, add scenes, make changes, add a few needed descriptions, who knows, I might fill all that space up and more.

I autographed my book for the first time ever. You'd think I'd never held a pen before the way it looked. So I'm going to order a whole new book so my signature will be pretty. But here's what I did. I googled signing you name. There are rules, and suggestions for signing your name. I spent an hour perfecting my new signature. I'm afraid if I ever do a book signing I'm going to have to practice, do hand calisthenics or something before each session. Did you know there's a five second rule? Yes, write your name in under five seconds. One, I've got a fairly longish name if I use Elizabeth, and two, really, I don't care,do you? Try timing yourself when you sign your name. Suffice it to say, I'll be breaking that rule. I did come up with a fairly nice looking signature though.

K, nuff said.
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12 comments:

  1. I love scenes that make you cry! They're hard to write, but so worth capturing all that emotion. And I totally wouldn't care if you took ten seconds to autograph! =D

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  2. Sara, you are absolutely right. some of the best scenes are the emotional ones. I love them, but a writer has to cultivate them or no one else will cry. Yeah, I don't care how long it takes to sign your name, either. I love those people who scribble their names and make them look good. Oh well.

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  3. I have the same problem! I spend hours and hours working on and practising my signature and making it look beautiful, then I go to sign something important and - BAM! - it looks like a monkey wrote it.

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  4. I like to read emotional scenes because I know that the writer succeeds in connecting with the reader.

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  5. I love the emotional scenes and tear jerkers that come into play when you write such an amazing piece. I love it!

    Your blog is awesome by the way!!! I'll definitely be back! I also love the publishing things you have hanging on your left hand sidebar!!! Checking them out now!

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  6. Awesome blog! It's taken me awhile to find everyone as I had no idea how to add friends I had from the other sites we all share.

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  7. My signature is so messy no one can read it. :P Awesome that you wrote an emotional scene. You'll make it to your goal!

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  8. I always enjoy reading your writing tips, thanks for sharing.

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  9. That happens to me too. It's just a few words, but they devastate me every time I read them.

    Sigh...

    Luckily I still have a while to go before signatures become an issue. ;-)

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  10. So glad your wip is growing, not so sure I am glad it makes you cry. :)

    I hate my signature so will have to read the google suggestion. :)

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  11. I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I would like to invite you to come on over to my blog and check it out. God's blessings to you. Lloyd

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  12. Hi Elizabeth. I have also cried a few times while writing, though I am barely emotional, I have trouble crying even in funerals. It's indeed strange to cry with your own writing. I mostly cry out of happiness though, happy tears are always the best!
    Lovely blog by the way :)

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