This morning I knocked out 765 words for my Indonesian ghost story. I’ve found that getting on and writing first thing in the morning really does wonders for me. I’m not what you call a “morning person”, but I do tend to get up early. (And old habit from back when I was working. And if anyone needs an old programmer, let me know–I do need a paying job.)
And when I get up early I feel like I can do some damage to a story. Damage as in: let me write and write and write. Yes, the words don’t always come easy–I needed to do on the fly research and that took up valuable time–but when the words began appearing on my computer screen, they came quickly.
I’ve always known I’m best in the morning. Usually by the afternoon I start slowing down, so unless I’m in a total writing groove I’m not going to be at my sharpest. Sometimes I get into it, other times not. I shouldn’t say I’m not as good at writing in the afternoon: that’s usually when I do some postings in the on-line role play I do, and I have to consider that some of my best writing.
Tomorrow morning I’m going to try something new: a little timing experiment. Tonight I’ll do research on “ghost busting equipment”, which sounds strange but it’s something one of my characters would have with her. I’ll probably check out the site of a paranormal investigation team in Singapore and see what they use. Once I know that, when I start to write tomorrow I’m going to head to YouTube and kicked off a full recording of Pictures at an Exhibition, as performed by Emerson, Lake and Palmer. The piece is 43 minutes, 49 seconds (yes, there was a time when musicians did crazy things like arrange classical pieces and make them into progressive rock albums), and once I start the music I’ll start writing. And when the music stops I’ll stop.
And maybe I’ll have several hundred more words. Well, I know I will, it’s just a matter of how many several hundred more words.
And then I’ll tell you how it turned out, since I think some of you do give a shit.
Oh, and if my groove is really in high gear I can play all of ELP’s Tarkus (another 20 minutes of music), or kick in a live arrangement of Aquatarkus (only 10 minutes, but the piece moves with old school synths rifts like Daft Punk wishes they could move). Either way, tomorrow will be an ELP day with a ghost chaser.