So my novel journaling has been very topsy turvy. That turned out to become a serious problem for me, once I began writing the scenes for the rough draft, and remembered that I had left notes in a spreadsheet, and on paper, in different locations at random. All of the writing advice insists on keeping a novel journal as you go through the writing process, but personally, at this point (and it has now been 2019-2022, three years, since I began jotting down ideas, excerpts, timelines, and research notes), for me, the novel journal is getting to be more of a hassle than a help, it seems.
Maybe I will find out, later on in the process of writing this novel, that it is helpful. I hope, at any rate.
Also, having already tried to put too many subplot and scene notes in too many spreadsheets and online reminders, as well as on paper, I am drowning in paper and in online notes, and even in bookmarks stuck in my research books for this novel project that I paused to write a nonfiction book, and restarted! I found that a short series that I wrote completely off-the-cuff actually helped me thinking about this novel, more so but perhaps also with the help of the novel journaling process, in a different way than I had expected. The series: (Ann and Anna, linked below…) was so easy to write that I found myself wondering what was so difficult about this project, and then I realized that I already knew everything about the series, because I was using a historical personage with a known itinerary, and adding a second protagonist with a history that I already knew intimately, since she was drawn from my own family history. Not as a person that I found, but a person that I have been trying to find for many years. But looking at the known history and tracking backward, it is clear that such a person, or persons, certainly existed in my family, sadly.
Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter. This novel is my personal way (as opposed to founding the Project, overall) of contributing to building tools, through story, which is one of humanity’s most powerful tools, that can help increase empathy and compassion in our world. Story, as part of how we see our world, helps us make sense of and define our actions in this world. And remember how important story is also as part of this project. Let’s Do Better.
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