So I mentioned yesterday some problems I had when it came to writing. Some, rather quite frankly, prevalent problems that really should have been dealt with. I have two major ones; sentence fragments, and rushing things.
A sentence fragment is basically something that doesn't stand alone as a sentence. An incomplete sentence, if you will. Yesterday I actually did some reading up on them, and some exercises to try and recognise and correct them. Some are really obvious, and they tend to be ones that I do deliberately. Others are not so obvious, and tend to be ones I make accidentally. Though, it seems, sentence fragments should never ever be used except in the first person, when doing some kind of stream of consciousness monologue. Those are probably something I do incredibly well. I'm quite good at the whole stream of consciousness thing. The thing is though, as grammatically correct as I am (and boy am I) I tend to write in a rather informal fashion when writing fiction. When writing blog posts too for that matter. They're more fun. That's probably a sentence fragment but fuck it. Informal text, while accurate, is boring and monotonal. Sadly though it seems that I am destined to write like that, if I wish to be taken seriously as a writer, or even regarded as a good writer. I think another thing I can do quite well is incur emotion and evoke it, even when I feel like I'm being monotonal. I guess that if I try, I can do it. I also guess that if you can put emotion into something that comes across as boring, then you are truly good at conveying emotion. If I think something is cold and unemotional because it's formal and monotonal, and you disagree, then it shows what a writer I can be. Take the last IS update, inside I was thinking "People aren't going to like this. I'm introducing a random new character and returning Geoff to his base values. Fucking with all his character development." But people didn't really see it like that. What I really wanted to get through got through, no matter what I thought of it. That seems like an almost entirely different problem really.
Another, perhaps lesser, problem, is of course my tendency to rush things. See I thought that all the stories were complete, but my editor disagreed. He said that it was obvious I was rushing them and if I took the time to look over them again, I could probably add more to them. I'm not a massive fan of letting something sit, and then going over it again. I need to go back and edit IS but I keep putting it off. I don't edit podcasts. But this is something I can't just accept as perfect straight away. I do see the point of going back to something and adding to it later. He also mentioned inconsistencies. I don't remember any of those either, but it's more than possible when you're rushing something. Sometimes I think that I think differently. Everything just comes to me as I write. It's like I become someone else in a way. Someone who can actually write. (more God damn sentence fragments. Burn in Hell whoever invented the sentence fragments rule! Fucker.) Because it's like a whole other state to me, one I can only really be in when I'm writing, it's hard for me to go back and look at my work. My lack of confidence in it just adds to that problem. I do plan on going back to the short stories though, and giving them another read. He said he fixed it for grammar, but he couldn't do everything and returned it to me how it was. Hopefully by adding more to it I don't just undo everything that he did for me.
So, when can you expect some kind of release date? I don't know. Some time after the pressure causes me to off myself and I become a smash hit in death and they release my book posthumously and everyone buys it because the profits go to charity instead of lining my pockets.
Okay, things aren't likely to be that bad, but it really is a good sign that I took the time to learn, and wanted to try and improve my writing, rather than breaking down and just telling myself how much I fucking suck at something I thought I was good at.
P.S I'm not actually really mad at anything. I thanked the editor for being honest and sincere with me and letting me know. We even had a laugh over grammar because I missed a comma. A GOD DAMN COMMA. But I'd tell someone else off for missing a comma. My sentences are either too long or too short. I love my editor though, in a totally manly way mind.
I never got that phrase. Surely gay love is the manliest love of all? I mean, have you seen some of those guys. Some are very fanciful sure, but some are jacked up and the manliest things I've seen this side of Chuck Norris' beard.
Anyway, I'll be going now. This was, much like my sentences, far too long. Congratulations if you read all of it.
Sadly you win no prize.