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mellowcandle
mellowcandle
avoidance or commiseration?
Okay, so this has always been my problem with writing and why nothing ever gets done. It's a dimension of procrastination called indecisiveness. I am incredibly indecisive about which angle to take on an idea.

Which is why I have like five different ideas but not much actually done on any of them. Although the only one that's almost finished is just sitting there because establishing the setting is really, really awkward. That's my least favorite part of writing--establishing the setting. I just want to get on with it. This may be why I tend to think of an ending first and then work backwards.

There's a prompt in prompt_a_day that makes a good jump off for one idea, but only if I go for a tone of commiseration instead of a scene of avoidance, which was my original idea. So what happens is I get mired trying to figure out which way is better, because if I do one, I can have this great moment, but if I do the other, it's more honest, and.... STUCKAGE.

Then there's the idea that, why not do both? One of my favorite movies that no one's heard of is done entirely in splitscreen, sometimes to show both actors at once, sometimes to show flashbacks and current happenings simultaneously, and sometimes to show two different takes of the same line. So why not do two different takes on the same scene? And then I feel like I'm cheating because I don't want to use certain elements and lines twice. It feels lazy, like, can't you come up with some other way to express this?

And then everything else has this same repetitious feeling, that I'm going to be revisiting this one issue over and over and isn't there a better way to go?

And just finish one first, for crying out loud. Just finish something and then worry about the others. But which is the best one? Why write a crappy one when another one might be better if you could just decide the tone???

STUCK STUCK STUCK.

Current Mood: frustrated frustrated
Current Music: all the small things--blink 182

8 pathetic excuses or justify your existence
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cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: January 23rd, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
What do you think will best help you break out of your rut?
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: January 24th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Direction. Someone making the decision for me.

Or booze. Booze is good, too.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: January 24th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)
The prompt "Did you see that?!" Sounds good. A third party's observation on your featured character/couple could be fresh and interesting.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: January 24th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
True. The one I was looking at was "Give me options". But I could use that one too--for some reason I keep trying to stick Anise in somewhere. I like this idea of the three of them being a little sub-group of best friends. I don't know why.

But yeah, Anise spying and spilling? Totally realistic.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: January 24th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Some more eyecandy for you:
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Can you explain the last image to me?? Is this a mega spoiler or just a superbly made fanwork?? Nebellim-Jade! It exists!?

I really like the strip where the girls corner Guy. I like seeing Guy with all of his girlfriends.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: January 24th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, the top ones are really cute, but, ack! to Jade/Anise.

Nebilim's dead and stuff, so not so much a spoiler.

I found guyloveswomen, a het-pairing (!) comm, but 1)it doesn't seem very active, and 2)I don't know if I can join a group that uses the word "vajayjay".
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: January 24th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Jade + Anise non CP is fine with me. I don't view them possible as a CP anyways. I really, really like Anise though. I suppose I don't see many characters like her. Her not-cute side is what's cute about her.

So... that image is just some amazing fan's portrait of what a revived Nebilim might look like? Dammit... Oh yeah, what ever happened to Jade's life long quest to bring Nebilim back? Did he have a case of Guy Syndrome as well?
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: January 24th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I adore Anise. Yay for more Anise love.

I think it's more Dist who's obsessed with Nebilim.
8 pathetic excuses or justify your existence