Posts Tagged ‘writing is hard’

Relationship as a metaphor for my writing

Motivation and i are on a trial separation. I’ve been casually dating the twins, Procrastination and Distraction and my old girlfriend, Apathy keeps calling.

Feh, i say!

My writing’s been derailed since i finished the first draft of the novel. I’ve done a few pokes at a couple of stories, but nothing’s really gelling.

Me no like.

So, as always, this calls for drastic measures. I don’t know what yet, but stay tuned, cause it might involve cash prizes or at least me making a fool of myself.

Oh, and i might as well start doing music and art again if i don’t start writing regularly.

See you soon.

Oh yeah, writing…

So, like i said, i’ve been slowly getting my writing legs back.

It’s been a process; I started by just free writing and journaling, then started doing so five minute story exercises again. The exercises have been good because idea creation and the initial sparky stuff is what i’m good at, so i didn’t feel too overwhelmed.

It’s the middle part that always trips me up. You know, all that plotty stuff, figuring out what people do and want and the consequences of all that cool stuff i set up in the beginning.

Why can’t someone write that part for me? Can’t i just come up with cool ideas and let some underling flesh it out?

Oh, right, i don’t have any underlings.

That’s the problem, now that i’m sixty pages into the novel, it’s all consequences and implications. it’s all plotty stuff.

Anyway, i’m about to go do some more exercises and at least look at the novel. My hope is to get back into writing on the book for at least a few hours every morning. When i have a word count of any value to report, i’ll start posting updates. I may even transition back into challenges, contests and bets, so keep watching.