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Slogging Through Deep Mud With No Brains
My story's due on the 18th, and I've nothing but a welter of false starts, well-chronicled vignettes with nowhere to go, and a fatally-attenuated intellectual conceit to show for it!

Shoot me now! Really! Then I'll have an excuse!


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Dec. 15th, 2007 09:21 am (UTC)
LOL! Have you read Neil Gaiman's pep-talk-essay for NaNoWriMo, about reaching That Point in a novel? I can attest that one can also reach That Point in a short story. It does get better if you keep going . . . ;)
Dec. 15th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
Haven't read the pep talk, no, but my own goes something like this. "Tough. Tough. Just get the next sentence out. Get up, walk around. Now sit down and start writing again. Now."

Which is, of course, what I shall do, after calling my mother. Mothers come before anything else, even the gates of hell, or advancing deadlines.
Dec. 15th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
Actually, that's about what Gaiman's advice came down to, but phrased more elegantly (of course). :) Here's a link:

Dec. 15th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
Keep writing even if it is dreck. Get silly if you need because at some point the light bulb will come on. As you delete all the crap parts you may feel it was a waste but it is just the path that gets you there.

From the perspective of an amateur artist, it is why we have gesso. Under an unfortunate number of my paintings lays an even worse painting (sometimes two).

Dec. 15th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
Your latter point maps out to "that's why we have 'delete' keys" for my purposes, and you're absolutely right. And in that sense, painters have it harder than I ever do. Trying to get a fix on an actual vision in your head, so that you can recreate it in shade, light, hue and chroma? Wow.
Dec. 16th, 2007 05:58 am (UTC)
"Trying to get a fix on an actual vision in your head, so that you can recreate it in shade, light, hue and chroma? Wow"

At the risk of sounding modest... I don't do that... I usually start messing around with something and something else happens. It is looks relatively ok I act like I planned it, otherwise I put it aside to see if I like it later or to see if I get inspired to do something else. When worse comes to worse I gesso (although with the 3d stuff that doesn't work).

Almost nothing I do looks like it should. That is why I am an amateur and not a professional. I might have the rare sucess but I will never be consistent nor dedicated enough to be a pro. Work ethic is not my strong point though I do admire it in others.
Dec. 15th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
What's your topic?

Dec. 15th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, honey, you don't want to know. Things that figure into the story? Three moons, blue silk, and the Portuguese language.
Dec. 15th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
Ah, so I take it you're not writing for Newsweek.

Dec. 15th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
That would be a rousing "Yes."
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