Friday, 1 March 2013

Writing Challenges

First of all, I've discovered the secret of why I have such a terrible sleeping pattern and why I keep waking up in the night. It's quite simple really.

Don't let her fool you, she's about 79% evil
Tis my kitty. My evil, adorable, kitty. See she's taken to sleeping with me lately, and this includes walking all over me while I'm trying to sleep and clawing at everything, including my FACE. Don't get me wrong though, I still love my cat, and I do miss her when she doesn't sleep with me. I just wish she'd lay still, and not react to every tiny movement I make including breathing.

Well anyway, on to the main topic at hand today. As most of you know, I tend to do a lot of writing. I had better do a lot of writing, I am an author (technically) and sure, most of it is blog posts, but it still counts. What you might not know is that I don't get as much writing done as I would like. Even with how long I've been writing, I still run in to problems when I'm writing. Problems such as being unsure how a particular scene is going to go, or how a story itself is going to go. Maybe even knowing how everything is going to go, but still being unsure on how to write it. If you read old Immortal Space updates you'll be able to see a difference to the latest ones in how I write.

These problems are things that can halt the writing process and bring it to a standstill. If you're unsure on what to do, then you're going to do nothing because, well, you have no idea what to do. At first I was very uncomfortable with this, and I would hate stopping. But lately I've become better at being able to manage this. Not just managing problems, and overcoming them, but accepting that sometimes I need to set a story aside, and maybe work on something different, until I've worked out the next part.

Fang commented a few days back that knowing that his skills don't match his vision is why he's writing other things before beginning work on his grand and epic story, and he's right to do so. I encourage you all to write something silly, something meaningless, something fun. If you can't write in what you want to write in, then write something else.

Just, write something.

And if you have cats, consider sleeping pills. For you, not the cat. That would be dangerous and potentially heart breaking.

14 comments:

  1. My cat is the same... I wouldn't mind, if he didn't get to sleep all day. Sometimes I just have to let myself write for as long as necessary... then go back over it later to pick out the gems x

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  2. That is why I keep telling you to keep your cats out of your room when you don't want to be disturbed (be it sleeping or podcasting). But did you listen to me? Oh no, not even, the kitty always comes first. ):|
    Also, I had expected you to link to the WWU, but you didn't. PLOT TWISTS.

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  3. writing is like any other skill...it takes exercise, experimentation and being willing to fail as well...i will def agree with you on that....do it long enough and with nough frequency and you will see improvements...

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  4. Cute kitty :* Even I would like to have one but my parents don't allow for such stuffs . :/

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  5. i close my bedroom door at night. no kitties allowed. when i cant think of something to write, i repost

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  6. I think a cat on my keyboard might improve my writing.

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  7. The evil is worth it when you have such a cute cat as that Mark, it must be annoying being scratched in your sleep though, if it really irritated me, I'd have to kick the cat out for the night haha.

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  8. First of all, your kitty looks like my little Butternut. She too likes to come in my room to sleep with me and then cries when I fall asleep and she doesn't. But I wouldn't trade her for anything...she was actually rehomed and decided that she didn't like it there and found her way back to us!! Here she stays!

    As for the writing...I get the frustration...maybe try to not think so hard about it maybe...and have a cookie!

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  9. Even I have to admit, your cat is adorable and I'm more of a dog person. I agree, sleeping pills for the humans, not the animals.

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  10. when she claws your face that means its time to wake up. cat facts.

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  11. I'm glad I don't have a cat. Seems way too much of a hassle.

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  12. That's a good idea to just keep on writing... Because the more you write the better you will get at it. If you get stuck on something you are working on...try working on another project. Though sometimes it does help to take a break.

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  13. Or kick your cat out of the room. Your sleep is important too you know. :P

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  14. Maybe just sometimes you could sleep without kitty, especially if you are finding it difficult to function on broken sleep. Good sleep is important to good health and you need to be healthy to be a good writer...end mother lecture.

    You are right though that sometimes you need to switch your focus. I know when a painting isnt going right, if I walk away, do something else, when I come back to it, i can usually get it sorted

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