Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Writing rant

A.M. post
Writing a blog, and writing a children's picture book biography are two very different beast. I'm ready to pull each and every hair — even the dyed ones — out one follicle at a time. I have just over a month to finish this manuscript, and although I had planned to write two, I'll be lucky if I can get past the first paragraph of my first rewrite. Grrrr!

I'm ready to punch someone. Any volunteers?

That wasn't much of a blog, but I needed to rant.

P.M. post
I put my manuscript away so I could go do my full time gig. Newspaper has to be put out, you know. I'm not sure what I did differently, but when I got off work, I tried it again. Now it rocks. Not my story per se, but the process is rolling right along.

Yes!

9 comments:

The Archivist said...

I wonder how you got a link to my favourite daily paper...

As for the rewrite, I know. It's a bugger. I'm writing three or four things right now and it's bloody frustrating, the deadlines.

Susan Taylor Brown said...

You found the secret, Don. Go off and do something else and your subconscious keeps right on working. Congrats!

rindambyers said...

sounds like you're short of time, Don, and sometimes that creative process doesn't "stay within the lines" as far as time is concerned. Whuh! That's me! It's good to break and do something else, but if you're short of time, there's not a lot of time to do anything! And that's when you feel like screaming....

Also you may be worrying too much subconcsiously about pleasing other people on this manuscript --what editors want, the time limits, the format needed, the panic of that blank page, no ideas, etc., the "it won't be good enough" worry, the no time, I've failed worry. That's what blocks creativity. Try to shove those worries out of your creative room, which is your private play room kind of, just you and your ideas, and just write something, whatever, anything, slop, mess around, make mistakes, doodle with words, draw circles around them, connect them, just really play and make a big mess, but get a lot of words down on paper. If you let yourself play and refuse to worry about what others think in thsi private space, you'll start seeing those connections.

When you feel you need to take a break in a time crunch, take a short, physical sort of one like walking/running, come back and play some more, and you'll find yourself with the urge to organize, categorize those ideas. They'll start being cohesive. You'll see. And even if you don't make this particular deadline, you will still have gained
your words on paper, your ideas on paper, something solid to work on. Nothing will be wasted in the long run for you.

Two good books to dip into when you have time.

"The Way To Write" by Gabriel Rico, try just hte first few chapters. It will help you ENORMOUSLY with the brainstorming process.

"If You Want to Write," by Brenda Ueland. Just pick any chapter and dip into it! You'll LOVE this book! Great inspiration.

Now, I've got to go and fiddle with some words, too....

Rinda M. Byers

Rose said...

Everyone needs to take a break and rant...go on and rant and write...that's a good stress reliever.

The Gig said...
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The Gig said...

Go ahead and use the little Spiderman punching bag I brought the little man when I was there. He won't mind and you can take your frustrations out on the bag.

I can't believe that it has almost been a month since I was there.

Roz said...

That's great, your son is going to cherish that as he gets older!

Roz said...

Ooops, I had meant my comment for the post about your dedication!!

The Archivist said...

I'm glad the writing is flowing better. Hope it continues.