Taken out the train window, just before the train left the station.
I was back in Jtown this past week, and it was a good visit with my folks. Always nice. I also spent some time thinking about the novel, and, tentatively working on it. I've been trying to practice mindful thinking about it. I don't have a lot of time to write, what with the full-time job 'n' all, so I need to make the best use of that time to actually put words down on paper (or on the screen, you know what I mean). Letting my mind wander is good, but I'm at the point in the novel where the plot needs to coalesce into an ending, so I'm trying to let my mind wander purposefully, if that makes any sense. I ask myself "What happens next?" and then walk down the street or stare out the train window until I have a few ideas. Then I stop thinking about it, because if I plan it all out, I won't write it. It's like it's already happened and I don't want to bore myself by re-living it by writing it down.
If you're thinking that my writing style is basically to play tricks on myself, you're not far off. But, hey, I'm at 170 pages! And probably at least 20 of those are good..
I wish I could do all my writing on a quiet train between Jtown, and, say, Lancaster. I'd just ride the train back and forth all day long. The scenery is beautiful and inspiring (especially since it's my novel's setting) and I love the feeling of seeing worlds pass by. Having a sandwich from Panera and a gob from my mom helps a lot too. Is this feasible? Writing the whole novel on the Pennsylvanian? Would Amtrak fund that?