The principal item consuming space in my brain these days is my book. The writing hasn't gone quickly, by any means, but I have managed to maintain a steady pace of about 500 words per day. I try not to do the math on how long it will take me to finish at this rate - if I did I might despair. Every chapter has interesting new challenges for me. In the current one I'm writing about the beginning of a romance from a female perspective, about which I am quite nervous. I'm not concerned about sex scenes because there aren't going to be any. I'm more worried about a woman's take on attraction and wooing. It's been a long time since I was single, and I don't know how useful my experiences are going to be anyway, given the gender differences. To make matters more difficult the couple in question are young - around 20 years old. I suspect that the volatile alternations of reckless daring and crippling insecurity I had at that age are pretty much universal, but who knows? When the chapter's done I'll give it to Brazen Hussy to read and see if it sounds plausible, but in the meantime I find myself sitting around trying to remember what all my female friends told me about their love lives over the years.
This is what I get for trying to stretch my creative abilities, I suppose. I was always proud that I was never silly enough to take a very hard class in college to "test myself," and now here I am.
For perspective on contemporary 20s, spend a little time on textsfromlastnight.com. It doesn't mesh overmuch with my twenties, and I was certainly no goody-goody, but I find it endlessly amusing.By Rebecca, at 1:01 PM
You could collect info from all your female readers; surely our experiences can provide endless hours of horror.By Belle, at 3:02 PM
Gosh, I'm not trying to write a horror novel! :)By Arbitrista, at 4:05 PM
>>This is what I get for trying to stretch my creative abilities, I suppose. I was always proud that I was never silly enough to take a very hard class in college to "test myself," and now here I am.By comebacknikki, at 11:12 AM
Maybe you should come up here & share that thought with my students! :)