Friday, February 17, 2012

Race Horses Had it Right All Along

Some of you were probably smart enough to see Secretariat when it first came out back in 2010.
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As one slightly ignorant of the ways of horses beyond their ability to walk and crap at the same time - that's multitasking for you - I delayed in viewing this movie.  Didn't watch it until some time last year.  I loved it, but that's not the main reason I bring this up.

See, I took a break after writing The End on the first draft of MINGLED.  I stepped away from it and let it breathe, let my mind wander and enjoyed the extra reading time.  But now I understand what those horses understood.  They were bred to run.  They knew that sidling up behind that stall door meant they were going to stretch their legs, plant their hooves and pound the dirt until one horse bore the flowers of glory.

Now that I've given myself the time to just...BE...I can feel it.  That thundering drive like the revving of a muscle car itching to let it loose on a straightaway.  That excitement building like pressed down energy, sparks flaring.  The joy of writing made physical by the jolt in my heart as I prepare to get back down to the business of writing.

Not sure if I've been this excited before.  How about you?  Have you ever had a situation where you were physically overjoyed to work things out with your MS?

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  1. It's a glorious moment when you feel that thunder surging in your chest. You feel unstoppable.

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  2. Oh gosh yes! And it's funny because I never think I will be able to feel that way again and then a new idea sparks or you pass something that reminds you of a character you miss. I LOVE that feeling! I'm glad you got it back:)

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    1. Thanks, Deana. I'm glad too. This short break was a really good idea.

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  3. This is so great. What an exciting moment. I love the rush of creativity.

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    1. This is that moment that reminds you just how much you to write.

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  4. Enjoy the moment! Its awesome to paint yourself into a corner then find a real clever and exciting way out. I do this all the time. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Stephen. You have a wonderful weekend as well.

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  5. Yes, I have. Usually when the first draft is finished, the feeling is amazing. Then on the final completion of the last revison. Wow! I get all revved up to start the next new project!
    Great comparison to Secretariot!

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    1. I'm still trying to think what sparked the comparison. But when it hit, it made sense. Just had to share it with my blog-o-peeps :-)

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  6. Yup. It's a great feeling, one that I can't really describe.

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    1. I do love having this surge in excitement.

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    1. Thank you, Jess. Will make my way over right now.

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  8. oh, yes, many times. Like the time I was driving and figured out how one might be able to translate a book that should be undecipherable. That was a big giant YES! moment. Writing can be amazing.

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  9. See, right there. Writing often gets pegged as a rather lonely endeavor, but it's these exciting moments that make it such a natural high.

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  10. Love it when the mood grabs ahold....;}

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    1. And when the mood grabs ahold, it's a joyous ride :-)

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  11. I'm always overjoyed when a book is working out. It' really something when it feels like it's all coming together.

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    1. It's hard to really compare that feeling to other things in life, at least for my boring little self :-)

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  12. Now that I've given myself the time to just...BE...I can feel it. That thundering drive like the revving of a muscle car itching to let it loose on a straightaway.

    YES. I finished a WIP recently and was excited to find that I still have that burning, create-create-create drive going, even though I'm supposed to be taking a break. It's really exciting, and I haven't felt that in a few years.

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    1. Oh yes, that's exactly what I'm talking about.

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  13. I love horses and Secretariat :) Glad you're so excited about your ms!!!

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    1. Thank you, Susanna. It feels wonderful.

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  14. So glad to hear that you're all revved up about your MS! And yes, Secretariat was good and even better because it's a true story! :) I was way into horses as a kid and way into horse-racing (as a sport, not for betting). I didn't see this movie in theaters, but I rented it as soon as I could.

    If you liked Secretariat, I think you'll like Seabiscuit, another amazing true story about another amazing horse. The book is excellent, and the movie is as well (better than Secretariat in terms of story-telling and film-making). Plus, Seabiscuit's home racetrack is in my neighborhood, so I loved seeing the track in the movie. :)

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    1. I'll have to check out Seabiscuit. I know very little about horses and horse racing in general. But when I watched secretariat, I felt the weirdest kinship to that horse. It was such a fighter.

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    2. You will LOVE Seabiscuit then. Secretariat was excellent, but Seabiscuit is a classic Cinderella story, about underdogs and the down-and-out rising up to glory. :)

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  15. I need some of that right now. My drafts are languishing on my hard drive, because I don't want to work on them. *sigh*

    But I love how you said you "let it breathe." That is AWESOME.

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    1. I almost didn't let it breathe. I was getting to the point where I was going to obsess over it when I completed that first draft. Instead away, as a few blogger buds advised, and am quite glad about it. Almost like absence made my heart grow fonder so I'm ready to be a bit more patient with my MS.

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  16. When I began talking to my characters that is when my novels come together.

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    1. That's true. When characters speak, it's best to listen. They do well moving the story along.

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  17. I was excited to tackle the revisions of my last book, so much I didn't wait long.
    And my wife drug me to the theater to see that movie. It started the whole 'stupid horse movie' trend for me. (And yes, I did enjoy it - my wife is the one who dubbed it that to tease me!)

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    1. LOL! Too funny, Alex. Glad you enjoyed the movie.

      At first, I was thinking I would take a month off. But with each passing day, the itch to write on this specific material really started up. I know I better get back to business soon.

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  18. I need some of your get up and go to rub off on me. I'm really dragging my feet on my current WIP. Hopefully I'll finish this month. I think I can. I think I can...

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    1. Sending some of this excited energy your way, Shelley. And you have the right attitude. Keep on chugging :-)

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  19. I had a "moment" last week where I was out walking and a flood of ideas for my WIP just wouldn't stop. I started writing them down on the notepad on my phone while I rushed home to my laptop. It was a total thrill.

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