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More work this week on organizing all the material I've been accumulating on the new story. And as I worked, I started to see faint glimmers of...an outline. Nothing solid or set in stone yet, there's too many contradictory ways I still want to go with things, so any actual structure this story might have is very much in broad sweeps. I have to tread lightly around the Boredom Monster. It is way too easily aroused by most ideas I come up with.

Does anyone else have this problem? I have a fair share of writers on my flist, but they all seem to be working away at something or multiple somethings, and if they don't like one of their somethings, they tuck it away in the pixel file and work on something else. I don't have a something else. Or, more accurately, any something else I could come up with would be just as vulnerable to the "Okay, this is really not exciting me!" scenario, so I just keep plugging at what I have until I turn it into a something that really excites me.

Other writers I know seem to start a work of fiction (either short or novel-length) with an idea that is ipso facto interesting to them from the get-go, and then work on developing it. I don't have ideas when I start, I just keep plopping on different elements (a character, or an event, or a setting), adding and discarding as the Boredom Monster dictates until someday, with a lot of work, I actually have a plot.

It's just way my brane flies, I guess.


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Feb. 13th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
i think the process works very differently for all of us. I could not for instance work on just one thing. My brain needs to shift like flowing water apparently. So i'm not sure I know what could help you other than maybe rereading some of it or getting some prompts or something and see where that takes you
Feb. 13th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
I'm not so much asking for help as wondering if anyone out there writes in the fashion that I do. I feel stories are something I have coax out of a part of my brain I don't have direct access to, and they are built, for me, from the ground up rather than top-down: instead of starting with one general idea and filling in the details, I start by gathering details that can actually hold my interest for more than a week, and finding ways of plunking them together until a story emerges.

It's taken me a long time to accept the way my brain works and just go with it, because there isn't a how-to book on writing in existence which suggests doing it the way my brain does it.
Feb. 13th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
looking at the self help books would have been my only suggestion but you seem to have found nothing. So long as it's working for you, I guess just go with it
Feb. 13th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
It works for me. Which means me=weird.
Feb. 13th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
hahaha aren't we all? Just some more than others
Feb. 13th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
I guess it's just frustrating some times. That I have to trick my brain into coughing up its stories.
Feb. 13th, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
yes I can see how that would be frustrating. My brain takes a much more straight forward approach but even at that, i still have to wrestle a story to the ground some days
Feb. 14th, 2011 02:48 am (UTC)
The Boredom Monster stalks me fiercely! Usually whenever I get stuck on a current project I get a bunch of other ideas that all promise to be fun and easy to write (they lie!).

For early in my process your strategy doesn't sound that different from mine. I'll often make lists of things that I'm interested in at the moment - from themes to songs to articles that have grabbed me - and try to think of connections and see what emerges from there. I'm a slow writer for my own stuff though so I do find it hard to discard or majorly re-work things once I'm well into it - which is probably something I need to work on.
Feb. 14th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC)
I think my problem is I don't get ideas that interest me very easily, so I tend to focus on the one I do have without having any backups. That project then becomes the be-all end-all in my mind, and I take it way too seriously. I need to cultivate the notion that if I can just get that story done and not worry too much about making it the the most exciting story ever, there will always be other stories after it.

I might actually get something finished that way, too.
Feb. 18th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
Hi, hun! I received an email about the new com maintainer policies and I voted for you to become the "owner" of orlon_window. I assume you'll receive some kind of a notífication about it. :)
Feb. 18th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
Hi Ki!

I voted for myself, too.
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