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This week, I finally got done all that "big picture" sorting of what-happens-next ideas, and it was time to start writing again. Which I did. I plunged into the POV of a new character, someone who should be interesting and engaging, but was a little on the alien side, so the potential for discontentment with what was coming out of my fingers was high (not alien enough! Too alien!)

Shortly after plunging in, I realized there was a bit of prose I had already written for another character that suited this one better, and all writing came to a halt as I tracked it down. During the tracking, I found a lot of other old blurbs of writing that I had stored away for when and if they became useful, and realized, well, gee, I need to go through these and see if any of them match up to my list of story ideas. After all, nothing gets the writing going like already having a little something to jump off of.

So I started poking through my back-up prose, sorting what was useful and what seemed too far afield. I felt this palpable sense of relief; "Yay! I can procrastinate writing some more!"

Writing is hard. It's always hard. Editing a written draft is tedious, composing a first draft is like coaxing blood from your pores and dribbling it on the page (who was it that said something like that once?) It's a magic moment when the words flow freely, or, alternatively, when you are ridiculously pleased with the words you've produced. But it has happened to me enough times I keep chasing that feeling like an addict.

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cornerofmadness
Jul. 24th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
Shortly after plunging in, I realized there was a bit of prose I had already written for another character that suited this one better, and all writing came to a halt as I tracked it down. During the tracking, I found a lot of other old blurbs of writing that I had stored away for when and if they became useful, and realized, well, gee, I need to go through these and see if any of them match up to my list of story ideas

That's what I'm doing now with my werewolf YA. Back when I was doing prompt communities I have prompt answers all over the place. Now it's a matter of finding anything that I can actually use (and yes just found 5 that added together with some smoothing become a chapter)
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 24th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
Prompt writing! That might actually get me back to actual writing. It's when I have a little "mini-outline" that requires I start contributing to the actual on-going story that I want to procrastinate the writing.

Maybe vignettes might be a good way to get back into it.
cornerofmadness
Jul. 24th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
it was very helpful to me. findyourwords (locked now since you have to sign up before jan) has some. I could always harvest you those if you want
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 24th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
If you don't mind.

: D
cornerofmadness
Jul. 25th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
this week's prompts

Don’t deny the world your talent

Tuna
Nephew
Pillow


Three Single-Word Prompts
Aurora
Tempest
Caldera

Quote Prompt
"Envy can be a positive motivator. Let it inspire you to work harder for what you want."
-- Robert Bringle

anomster
Jul. 25th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
"composing a first draft is like coaxing blood from your pores and dribbling it on the page (who was it that said something like that once?)"

I don't know who said it, but there's a button: "Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead."

"when you are ridiculously pleased with the words you've produced."

I don't know who said this either, but someone, asked "Do you like writing?" answered, "I like having written."
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 25th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
That's the quote. I actually quote the source in my LJ somewhere early on. Might go in search of it.
masqthephlsphr
Jul. 25th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
Ah, Gene Fowler.
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