Craft: Easy lace scarf

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I’m at the discovery stage of my WIP, which involves lots of staring out of the window, thinking about my book while I’m watching TV or when other people are talking to me (sorry!), making a book collage, a soundtrack, and doing lots of free-writing.

The last bit is the most important. I call it my ‘zero draft’ because it’s not even cohesive enough to be called a ‘shitty first draft’.

I love this stage. It’s exciting and highly creative, and it’s the perfect time for a knitting project. I like having something to do while I’m thinking (there’s a reason ideas come when I’m in the shower or driving), and it has to be something simple and repetitive so that my mind is free to roam. This ‘one row lace scarf’ pattern from Give Me A Purl is perfect.

I’m making one in a lovely green-blue sock yarn and 5mm needles (you use bigger needles than usually recommended), and it makes a lovely stretchy scarf. You can use any type/weight of yarn, so it’s good for stash-busting, too.

[Image Credit: Beautiful sock yarn from RedBarnYarn]

Monday Musings

[Sorry, no picture. Check out this GIF on Title To Come for an accurate representation of the way I look at the moment.]

Good morning!

I’m at zero draft stage with my new book so every writing session is riddled with questions. Who are these people? What do they want? Why is my main character being so snappy? Who should I  shut in a cupboard until they get bored and start snogging? Why is there a dead body in the hotel room?*

I jump into every book with only the vaguest sense of story and trust that my subconscious will deliver the goods. Of course, that also means that every word I put down will most likely be moved, rewritten or cut. But, and here’s what I needed to remind myself of this morning; every single wrong word needs to be written so that I can swap it for the right one later.

Right. Back to it.

(In case you’d like more of my rambling, I’m over on Novelicious today, talking about techniques for Staying Motivated.)

* I was stuck on Friday and it seemed like a good idea at the time.