February 21st, 2011


on writers, and writing

It says in my bio on various sites that I'm a writer, photographer, blogger and geek.

Photographer, certainly. I take lots of photographs, some of which end up on Flickr.

Blogger? Again, yes. Either at dakegra.net or on livejournal. I've had my livejournal account for nearly 8 years, and have a sizeable number of blog posts there.

Geek? Definitely. Anyone who persists in trying to work out a way of transferring 110 phone contacts from one phone to the other for significantly longer than it'd take to do it manually, but refuses to be beaten because there *must* be some way of doing it, surely counts as a geek?

Which leaves us with writer.

This is the bit I struggle with most. I've been writing on and off for about as long as I've had my livejournal. Snippets and tidbits of tales, scenes from an overarching story involving one Edward Montecron, gentleman thief, espresso connoiseur and lord of the witty one-liners.

Except the story hasn't gone anywhere. We find our hero usually mid-adventure, up to his eyeballs in trouble, with his long-suffering (and criminally underpaid) PA Molly on the other end of the phoneline, manning a phalanx of highly sophisticated geek tech to help him extract himself from whatever mess he happens to be in this week.

I think of ideas for stories, yet I find myself *not* writing them, more often that otherwise.

I think what it boils down to is fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of the plot that turns out to be rubbish.

What if I spend weeks, months, years on a story and find out it doesn't work? What if it turns out to start brilliantly, but I can't work out how to get it from point A to point B?

Fear that the characters will become stale, boring.

Greatest fear is people reading it and going 'meh, it was ok.' Fear of banality. Fear of stereotypical Mary-Sue characters. Fear of showing someone and them hating it, or worse, being indifferent.

I've written over 30,000 words of Monty's adventures, yet I've not come up with a decent enough plot to hold it together.

I read other books and marvel at how authors manage to string out a tale of such huge scope and complexity, with ins and outs, comings and goings, plots, subplots, foreshadowing, the works.

So, dear reader. Writer? sometimes.

Author? who knows?

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hmm. My most recent post (on writers and writing) appears in my recent posts page, but not in my friends page.

*pokes LJ*

what gives, LJ?