Saturday, January 29, 2011

It's My (Pity) Party...

Writing is the manual labor of the mind: a job, like laying pipe. -- John Gregory Dunne

For an exciting change in our weather, it iced a bit overnight. So, I can't say that it snowed... lol...

I threw myself a pity party yesterday mid-morning. I'd decided to write and my brain was completely blank. Completely. Feeling dramatic about the entire situation I decided I was done writing. That I'd never get another word down, and might as well shut down the blog and my website, because -- what was the point?

After much pacing and fussing, tearing of clothes and gnashing of teeth (okay, maybe I exaggerate a little), I settled down. I had stories in my head. It shouldn't be impossible to get them written. All I had to do was 250 words (I really wanted 500, but at this point I wasn't going to push it). 250 words... easy peasy, right?

I opened document after document, but nothing was working. Finally, I'd opened "Now and Forever" the "Kitchen Matches" sequel and decided I was going to get 250 *&^%$ words down if it was the last thing I did.

It was agonizing. I birthed each word like it was a two-week overdue breech baby. But darn if I didn't get just over 500 words done.

Now, I just need to repeat that today. Without the gnashing of teeth.


Here's an interesting video (hated the music, but the information was good):


You Show Thoughtfulness

You are the contemplative type. You like to think everything through throughly and carefully.

You are very conscientious and responsible. You take your time and make sure things are done right.

You are neat and accurate in any work you do. You pride yourself on being detail oriented.

You are tactful and polite. You choose your words carefully to make sure you communicate effectively

Mostly right...



Dru said...

Kudos on your word count. You can do it!

That was very interesting and informative. Thanks for sharing the video.

re quiz: the same and mostly accurate.

Have a good day and a successful writing effort.

Charity Tahmaseb said...

Do you need to switch things up a bit? I was where you are a few weeks back. I decided it was time to do a "craft intensive" and worry less about the big race to publish and more about content and form.

I'm working through three books right now, one on journaling (free-form, creative), one on structure (The Anatomy of Story) and one on children's writing.

So far, it seems to be working.

Tori Lennox said...

WTG on the writing!!!

That video was fascinating and a little bit scary!

Brandy said...

You stuck with it and accomplished MORE than your goal! WTG!

You Show Courage
You are a dynamic and interesting person. You are always challenging yourself to be better.
You are a total brainiac who enjoys learning new things. You are very intellectual.
You are naturally competitive and a bit of a fighter. You crave success and glory.
You can be stubborn and opinionated when you have your mind set on something. It's your way or the highway!

About 30% correct. I just really like argyle. *G*

I hope you have a fantastic day!

Rebecca E. said...

bravo and bravo, you've done soo much, I envy you!

Angelina Rain said...

It seems like you are on the right track with writing. Little is always better than none. The video held so much cool info. Thanks for sharing.