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Idiot Control Now
bees on pie, burning rubber tires
not just another negotiation
I haven't been spending much time online lately. Every so often I go through these phases where I just get sick of it. It all seems so repetitious, there's never anything new, and it's just so damn boring. So I back away from it for a while.

But I haven't really been doing anything worthwhile with my time instead. Well, I did go to the doctor last week and the dentist this week. Fun. D says I should hit the trifecta and go see the eye doctor about new glasses, but I told him I'm doctored out.

I need to get back to writing. I'm so stuck. I've realized the ending I'm working toward doesn't work and I've got to fix that, but that has nothing to do with this chapter. I need to focus on one chapter at a time and not worry about something ten chapters or more from now. That's always been my problem. I don't focus on what I need to do now; I freeze up because I'm worried about what I'll need to do later. Some people meticulously outline. I only vaguely outline. I like to keep things open and flexible, because you never know what little surprises will come up along the way and change your direction, but I have this weird dichotomy of trying to go with the flow while being completely paralyzed by "but what if the flow is WRONG?"

Current Mood: restless restless
Current Music: every single night--fiona apple

3 pathetic excuses or justify your existence
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: June 23rd, 2012 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
First of all, frustration and ruts are normal. We struggle. We throw out stuff that's written. You know that too. Writing is endless revision.

If it's an inspiration issue, go outside and take a walk. Get coffee. Soak in the jacuzzi. Vodka. Bounce your ideas off D or Peacewish.

Don't focus on avoiding mistakes and making it so sensible and correct; some times you need to try something crazy. Let yourself go. Remember why it was fun to write the first chapter.

What if the wedding is off? Something drastic happens; the Kingdom and Empire go to the brink of war because of it. Natalia and Guy are torn apart. Etc, etc, etc.
serena_b From: serena_b Date: June 24th, 2012 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I do that with the online thing, but it usually only lasts a couple of weeks tops, and it's usually because I'm going through a reading phase.

I've been stuck with my writing too. I blame myself though, because I don't think I try hard enough to push through it and keep writing.

mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: June 25th, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I've mostly been reading lately. I was yesterday and actually stopped to write a few paragraphs when an idea hit me. Then I looked at it, thought, "Ugh, this sucks," and went back to reading.
3 pathetic excuses or justify your existence