Writing Can Be Murder

July 24, 2007


Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 8:24 am

Do you feel like you’re constantly chasing the “proverbial” carrot?

Do you hold out little treats for yourself as bribes?

Yesterday my “carrot” as I worked on Stolen, was a scene from my  sadistic serial killer’s POV. I love to write from his POV (I don’t even want to consider what that says about me!) because his scenes are so clear in my mind. I never say “why the hell would you do that?” like I do when I’m writing scenes for other characters. I just write his scenes and the flow is exhilarating.

His scene was the last scene I wrote yesterday. I wrote the scenes that came before and after it, by promising myself that scene as my carrot. It worked. Yesterday I wrote 1522 words (of course I deducted 67 from the rest of the manuscript, so it looks like I only got down 1455).

I’ve already got my carrot in mind for the day, what about you? Do you use carrots? What are they?



  1. I prefer brownies to carrots. I work more on the ‘I need a break from this’ principle. I find if I’m torturing myself with something I’m working on, I’ll give myself a break to write something I know I’ll enjoy. That tends to revitalize me and make the hard writing a little easier.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — July 24, 2007 @ 5:52 pm

  2. mmm….brownies….

    I’m sorry, were you saying something? I was just distracted by the thought of brownies.

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — July 24, 2007 @ 6:40 pm

  3. See? It works. One good brownie and you forget all your problems.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — July 25, 2007 @ 8:04 pm

  4. Cheese would work too….

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — July 26, 2007 @ 8:24 am

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