The Thrill of the Unknown


Thank you for the get well wishes. I feel much better today, partly because I wrote seven new pages yesterday, a scene that was not preconceived, a scene that set me on a new and exciting path. Yes, I sold on synopsis. Yes, I need to to produce a story that somewhat follows that plot. But my stories always evolve and differ somewhat from the synopsis. I always fly into the mist and it always proves an exciting and worthwhile ride. How many times must I learn that lesson?

"Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. ... Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way." — EL Doctorow

Comments

Jennifer Elbaum said…
Glad you're feeling better Beth and congrats on writing the scene!
Cyn said…
I've always loved that quote. One of my all-time faves. Doctorow is the man. :-)

So psyched for your headway! Enjoy the mist!
Cyn said…
By the way, Beth, speaking of feeling good, Jen Elbaum was just announced as June's Rising Star over at loveromances.com. They reviewed and loved her first book, Nowhere to Hide. YEAH!
Beth Ciotta said…
Hi C! Yeah, that quote rocks, doesn't it? As for Jen's good news, I was over at her blog earlier today and saw the good news about her being named a 'rising star'. Very cool. :) Goooo, Jen!
Charlene Teglia said…
That's one of my favorite quotes. Glad you're feeling better! And what terrific progress.
Anna Lucia said…
That is a really gorgeous picture of you, Beth. :-) Glad you're feeling better and making progress.
Gabriele C. said…
Oh, nice old typewriter in the background. Reminds me of the one I started out on, my grandfather's big black one, hardgoing, some keys tended to stick and the o made holes in the paper, but I loved it.
Beth Ciotta said…
Hi Charlene! Yup. Feeling better, thank you. As for the quote, I need to have it tatooed somewhere, only that would be one honkin' big tatoo!

Hi, Anna. I like that pic too. Thank you! Steve took that last summer. Or was it the summer before? Hmm. The hair colors blur. :)
Beth Ciotta said…
Gabriele, my dad-in-law gave that typewriter to me a couple of years ago for Christmas. He found it somewhere and thought I might find it inspirational. I do! Many moons ago, for research purposes, I went through a past life regression. Actually, I re-experienced three lives. In one of them I was typing on a typewriter much like that one. When Dad presented it to me (years later) it gave me chills. :)
Bethany said…
It's amazing what a little writing can do for your health! :-)
Taylor said…
Beth!! I miss you! And all the stories we share! (P.S.-Love The Quote!!!). But I have good news: I shall be joining you back at work very soon! Look for me in...two weeks maybe? It depends on when you rehire me, but there's paperwork (:P yuck) so that'll take a week. But soon soon soon! Can't wait!

And did I mention how uplifting your post was to me today? I've been having some trouble with a new screenplay but your quote (and story) showed me that I may not have to start with my whole story set but instead see where it goes as it's going! Thanks!
Beth Ciotta said…
Bethany, yes.. A-MAZING. :)

Taylor... I am so looking forward to your return at the library. Although, I confess, it will be harder to stack shelves, to organize, with you there to distract me! Love talking SHOP with you. You are an inspiration--so young, so talented. A brillant spark of hope in the entertainment world. Rock on, young friend!
Jennifer Elbaum said…
Thanks Beth and Cyn -- if only I could get that old Madonna tune "Lucky Star" out of my head. I keep singing "you must be a rising star, you're the luckiest by far"

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