You Won’t Be Anonymous, And I’m Not Crazy

I’ve noticed that some of you who take the time to leave a comment have become somewhat anonymous. Since WordPress made changes to their comment policy last month, now, unless you’re a WordPress blogger, the avatar that appears next to your comment might not link to your blog. That’s unfortunate because the real reason you bother to comment is in hope someone will click your avatar and visit your blog. Right?

Okay, it’s not the only reason, but it’s a benefit. I don’t mind at all. And I discovered I can help you out. That is, if I know the address of your blog, I can help. I finally noticed that from my dashboard, I have the option to edit the email address or link-back URL in your comment. So from now on, if you leave a comment and it doesn’t link to your blog, I’ll try to correct that.

I’ve said many times on this blog that I find it necessary to edit as I write. It’s almost impossible for me to move on when I’m aware that a sentence is clunky, or I’ve made a poor word choice, or otherwise phoned it in. I’m not saying I never do those things, but when I know I’ve done one of them, I have to fix it before I can continue writing. It’s the same when I know I’m not going deep enough into a character, I fuss and fume until I break through.

But something weird has happened as I write my current novel. I know I’m leaving out things and I’m okay with it. In some scenes, I’ve skimmed the surface of my main character. I know there should be a lot going on in her head, but I’m not exploring it yet. She’s doing things, saying things, but she’s mostly shut me out of her head—if you know what I mean.

That seemed just plain crazy to me because that’s not the way I usually write. Always before, though I wrote the dialogue first, I’ve just as clearly known what my characters were only thinking. This new, seemingly chaotic, way of writing bothered me, but I’d delayed so long already on this book that I had to keep writing.

Then I started to feel excited about these missing pieces of narrative, as if I were waiting to open a gift. Recently, I’ve been hearing passages of my character’s thoughts, and they were worth the wait. I’m not sure where they’ll fit in the book yet, but I wrote them down. For now, what can I do but write and look forward to all my future gift boxes?

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13 thoughts on “You Won’t Be Anonymous, And I’m Not Crazy

  1. I noticed the annoying WP change as well, and have found I get much less comments now, which is fine, I understand the reason, but I don’t understand WHY WordPress think this is a good idea? Why make it so hard for people to comment? The one reason I liked WordPress blogs, had to do with the fact leaving a comment was less complicated than, Blogger, to use a random example, now, it’s such a pain, most people I know cannot be bothered and I don’t blame them. Great going WP….sigh

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    1. Well, Alannah, at least I can use WP as an excuse for the drop-off in comments on my blog—better than thinking I’m boring. 😉 But yeah, it’s obviously a petty jab at Google (which owns Blogger) because it’s mostly Blogspot URLs that don’t show up in comments.

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  2. Is it because, Linda, this time you waited before beginning to write, and all of this gathered and needed to get out?
    I think that each wip needs to be written individually, without any preconceptions about how we will attack it. If we don’t decide how we will write then we don’t limit ourselves. And sometimes different parts of the same wip need to be tackled differently.
    I’m sure you’re enjoying the surge 🙂

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    1. Maybe so, Jennifer. I suppose I feel more of a “rush” because I pushed it back for almost two years before I started to write it. Maybe, all the parts I think I’m leaving out are already “written” in my subconscious, so my conscious brain isn’t hung up on fixing anything. I almost feel like a plotter. 😉

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  3. So that explains it about commenting and such! I had no idea – well dangity!

    When I’m really engaged in my novel, when it’s new and not yet written, I often can’t get the thoughts/scenes/character’s conversation out of my head — it’s cool but it’s also exhausting – I lose sleep, I tend to think about it on the treadmill instead of that being my “no work zone space” – I stare off into space and GMR has “novel widower” symptoms *laugh* — etc etc etc . . . once it’s all written and I do a few “go-throughs,” that will lessen – good thang, too – lawd!

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    1. I am the same way, Kat. I have to tell my characters to shut-up so I can fall asleep, and then, if I wake in the night, I’m instantly “writing”. “Novel widower” LOL, I have one of those too. 🙂

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  4. There doesn’t seem to be any one formula for writing an novel even after we have a few under our belts. When I wrote my second novel I had a whole lot of chapters and scenes but no idea how or where they went..Totally the opposite from my first which went along quite smoothly.. I guess as writers we need to be flexible and not go into a novel with any preconceived ideas as to how we’ll write it.. The moment we do our characters will prove us wrong…My kids did the same thing when they were growing up..;)

    Best of luck with this next one. Be patient. Your character will get you there… 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Laura. I like your analogy to the differences in our children. There was such a long space between my first and second novels that I’d forgotten how it was to write one, so I guess I just expected the third to be like the second. If I’d thought about books like children, I would have been prepared. 🙂

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  5. I don’t mind the anomynity too much.

    Regarding your character, “she’s mostly shut me out of her head—if you know what I mean.” Perhaps, she’s overly secretive. I’ve written a character who simply doesn’t share what’s in their head.

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