Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Narrative Time Line: Overcoming hurdles

It sounds like there may be a few of us working on the narrative time line at the same time (me, Femmista, tgr, Kel, and perhaps others: Linera? Ghost Girl? Mrs. Han Solo? Thea? Angela? Dawgma and Jordan are still in Artist's Way).

How has the narrative time line been for you?
What's worked? What hasn't worked?

It's a big hurdle for me. Big enough that I've focused on the tools (walks, morning pages, and dates) for the last two or three weeks.

I need to move through the Time Line. In some fashion. My childhood wasn't as bleak as the photo....


Linera Lucas said...

I'm doing the daily morning pages and the walk and the weekly Artist Date. So far so good; these I can make time for.

I've started the Narrative Time Line, but either I've been particularly busy, or I'm especially resistant, or ??? I can't do it in little bits of time, and I haven't had or made a big chunk of time to complete it.

Ms. Theologian said...

Yes, that's about where I am.

Interesting. :)

I also wish I were 10-20 years younger because it would be shorter!

Jordan E. Rosenfeld said...

I'm starting to feel like the Artist's Way is a vortex I've gotten trapped in and can't find my way out of. How is it possible I'm still only on week 9? Unfortunately the end of writing/revising my book has made me a bad bad girl. No morning pages for 3 days now. I've been doing evening pages, but I don't think they count?"

Ms. Theologian said...

Often I find I can't do morning pages and I stare at the blank pages for 15 or 20 minutes before giving up. :)

This Girl Remembers said...

The morning pages are the one thing I've actually been really consistent about so far. But I've had to force myself to do them. This morning I stalled out after a single page and it took forever for me to eke out another two. There's some benefit to all this, right? :)

I need to get back to the timeline. I've let it sit for the last week. I think I've got to just start writing - it's the notes part that overwhelms me. There are just so many bits to remember... ugh. I do think it's been good for me, though, even the little bit I've done so far - I'm finding some really clear themes about who I was and how that little girl is connected to the person I am now. It's been a while since I've thought much about her.