Posts Tagged ‘writing


What’s Stopping You?

Every creative person hits a wall or a block from time to time. But sometimes those blocks become ridiculously huge, and your ability to chip away at them shrinks to nothing. Even worse, when someone or something is constantly building that wall, it becomes a losing game to keep smacking away at it. It’s akin to bashing your head against a wall repeatedly, thinking sooner or later your fractured skull will actually break the concrete.

What stops you? What internal or external influence adds bricks to that wall? How do you counter them?

For me, it’s being online. Going online is unpleasant. I’m painfully socially isolated, and want to interact with people. I acknowledge that, as a writer, if I want people to read my work, I have to interact with others. But it feels like any attempts I make are met with explanations of how I’m a horrible person and should kill myself. I get that at least once a day, and while the might of the block button is strong, my mental issues are stronger. I will fret over it all day, either assuming they’re right, I am a horrible person, and I should commit suicide, or I will be fuming at the person who said it for being just plain wrong in whatever assumptions they made that led them to say that to me. Or both. Well. Maybe frequently both.

That usually ends with naptime or some fresh scars on my arms. It almost never ends in me returning to the keyboard or accomplishing anything of relevance that day.

I don’t know how to block it out, or how to chip away at that wall.

Having just moved (and still fighting with my employer and SSI in a vain attempt to get paid, at least for the 9 months I’ve been unable to work, which they still want to fight even though I now have four different doctors all in agreement that I’m messed up), I can’t even hit up my go-to comfort food. There is no Popeye’s in Albany. This is a terrible crime that should be rectified, posthaste. If you’re listening, corporate overlords of delicious fried chicken.

Anyway. Back to the question at hand; what builds your wall, and how do you try to break it down? Let us know down below.


Respect the Work

Do the people in your life respect your work? Do you?

When you’re trying to write, or paint, or whatever your chosen creative outlet is, how do you make the folks around you understand that it’s important and you need to do it, to be left alone and not questioned while you do it? Do you do that? Is doing that selfish, or necessary? Do you feel bad about it when you speak up or lock yourself away?

Having a lot of those thoughts lately. I know there’s a lot going on, a lot of responsibilities to fulfill, but in my mind, trying to write, trying to create is just as important as sorting out the move or dragging furniture around. Maybe moreso, because it helps me push my illnesses – mental and physical – aside, at least a little bit. Plus, it’s pretty much the only thing I can do that might generate any form of income on my part at this point.

What does everyone else think?


Does Your Story Need More Tension? — A Writer’s Path

In case you slept through your high school or college lit classes, here’s a snazzier bit of discussion about dramatic irony; something you probably have been using and would recognize, just didn’t know the fancy description for. (Comments disabled here; please visit the original post.)

by Allison Maruska Have you read a story where the character knew everything that was going on and merely went through a checklist to solve the problem? I certainly hope not, because that would be boring as hell.

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A Writer’s First Words

A lot of people need to be grabbed by the first sentence. If they’re not, they’ll chuck the book aside and move on to something else. It’s not my style (and I know plenty of folks who aren’t that way), but I get it.

Some writers know how to nail that first line and grab you right away. Neil Gaiman is one of those. The Graveyard Book opens with “There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.” Beautiful. Others can’t handle it; rarely has the first line in a Stephen King novel grabbed me. He takes a while to warm up. (Thad Beaumont’s explanation about the writing process in The Dark Half about sums it up.)

The opening line for Chrysanthemum Graves, my NaNoWriMo project, is going to be some variant of this:

“What the fuck, man? Put your damn shoes back on!”

I haven’t written it in the actual manuscript document, yet. I’m trying to be good and not actually start until November 1st. But I put it in my notes, and I saved a picture of what I think the place this line is said looks like, because it struck me last night and won’t let go.

How do you feel about your first lines? What’s your favorite? Your most recent? Let us know down below! (And feel free to link to your NaNoWriMo projects, if you like!)

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Failure or Success: Does it Matter

I saw this Tweet on my timeline today:


It made me think about it a bit. I mean, most of us creative types tend to have a screw loose and a bit of an inferiority complex, so are likely to call ourselves “failures” in some fashion even if we hit J.K. Rowling levels. But in the end, does it matter?

Writers are meant to write, after all. I believe that; if you have a passion and a talent, it’s going to come out unless you make a deliberate attempt to crush it (or someone else makes that attempt for you and you accept that.) Does it matter if you’re successful or a failure? What is even the marker for that?

A YouTuber I watch regularly, Mista GG, said (in relation to something else entirely, but I think the statement holds true regardless) “Can I really do a bad job of making a video? I made the video.” It doesn’t matter how quality or not the product is for the base level of “did I do it?” It matters that you did it. A book or story you write can be absolute shit, but you still wrote it.

Personal pride may compel you to do better, or may hang over you with shameful disappointment, but it doesn’t change the basic fact. You wrote something. You made something. You did it.

Not doing a thing at all is the truest definition of failure, to me. You’re a failed writer if you don’t write at all.

But that’s just my opinion; what’s yours?

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Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer — Entertaining Stories

Including info like how to use Tarot cards to help with plot development, this looks to be an interesting read from an interesting individual. Check it out, why don’t you? (Comments disabled here, please visit the original post.)

Harmony Kent is a dear friend, and a colleague over at Story Empire. She has a new book out that is designed to help us with our fiction. Make her feel welcome today, and use those sharing buttons. Hello everyone. Harmony here. I’m excited to share my latest non-fiction book with you all today. Huge […]

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Thank you — ontheedgeofeverything

A post a day for over a thousand days is no small feat. Something I wish I could manage (though I AM almost to 70 this time!) Stop by, show some love, and show your support! (Comments disabled here; please visit the original post.)

When I first started blogging a few years ago, I really didn’t have any sort of long-term plan. I knew wanted to post daily, and I’ve done just that. 1,132 times, to be exact. I wasn’t sure how many people my posts would reach. To date, OnTheEdgeOfEverything has earned just under 20,000 views. I didn’t […]

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