When Venus and Saturn Align with Mars
The planets actually are aligning tomorrow. Be sure to take a look. Maybe that’s why I’ve been in Age of Aquarius mode lately. I’ve gone back to the old 1970’s granola-advice writing books similar to Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. My latest find is Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones. Her chapters are filled with references to zen, meditating and even LSD. I highly recommend it as a nice change of pace from modern “how to” books. Her 20-year old advice gives you perspective. There is no spoon. Just write the freaking book already.
Similar to Cameron’s mandatory morning pages, Goldberg advises writing every day. Not necessarily adding word count to your WIP, just writing whatever is in your brains. The idea is to get past the editor into the good stuff fermenting in the compost. So that means a fresh Jordi Labanda notebook for me.
I am still making novel progress, still getting up early M-F to crank out pages. Still doing the teen BMX story:
When her ex-boyfriend shuns her from the local BMX scene, a teen takes off on a summer road trip with an all-girl team to prove herself in the male-dominated contest world.
Know any teenage girl BMX riders (park, ramp, vert – not dirt) who like to read? Send them my way!
Next class I’m taking: 2-week workshop Sep1 – Sep 14 from editorrent on Structure.