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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?

Posted via email from dakegra.net

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quaero_verum From: quaero_verum Date: February 21st, 2011 11:14 pm (UTC) (linky)
You'll never know until Monte and Molly get some fresh air, if you know what I mean. It sounds to me like you have a strong foundation - you just need to start putting some walls and windows up.

Perhaps you have already done so, but maybe you should take a bit of a hike through those 30,000 words to determine what common threads are there, and start with that in terms of a plot. Take lots of notes and "talk" to your characters - they'll let you know where they should go, eventually.

I would also highly recommend you read (if you haven't) - Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott. I'm reading it now for the third time, and there are some really good tidbits in there. Ms. Lamott is one sharp cookie and she really knows how to write.

Btw, those fears you voiced in your post....all the same ones I have and wrestle with just about everytime I sit down to write, both for my academic assignments as well as my personal work. Sometimes I really have to work hard to convince myself I just might have something valuable to say, or that someone will at least want to listen in for a while.
dakegra From: dakegra Date: February 21st, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC) (linky)
it took me a while to get to that post due to those fears. I'm glad someone responded! And with such wise words too.


I can't remember if I've read Bird by Bird or not - it was certainly on my 'to read' amazon wishlist for a *long* time.
huskyteer From: huskyteer Date: February 22nd, 2011 10:34 am (UTC) (linky)
> What if I spend weeks, months, years on a story and find out it doesn't work?

Then you've got it under your belt and you move on.

I spent a year writing a children's book. I sent it to agents, it was rejected, and looking at it now I'm not surprised. But there it is, under my belt - a finished project. I don't consider it wasted time because it proved to me that I could complete something like that, it was good practice, and I can probably reuse bits of plot, character, description elsewhere.
dakegra From: dakegra Date: February 22nd, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC) (linky)
dammit, you're ace.

But then, you knew that, right?
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