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 Post subject: Re: The Writers "Kick in the Pants" thread
PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:19 pm 
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No, I agree. But word counts give me something to go by, even if it's not always a very meaningful, um, metric.

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Yeah, I feel like everything I'm doing right now is not meaningful, but I'm convinced it will lead to something!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:52 am 
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Aaargh. The longest coherent thing I've ever written (and not put aside half done to collect virtual dust on my hard drive) is about 23.000 words. Now I have to write at least 60.000. I admit it's daunting.
On to do more research. I have some awesome articles to read. (And I will never be able to wrap my mind around quantum physics and the likes.)


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:59 am 
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You can do it, Phoenix! I've actually had no time for writing the past few days but it's okay. Sometimes, a little break does me good.

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I didn't have much time for writing this week in general, but got a lot done today!

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Good!

I've been sucking this week. Wrote very little. Still need to crack the third act.

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 Post subject: Re: The Writers "Kick in the Pants" thread
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Thanks for the tumbs up, seitanicverses!
I will be teaching this semester after all, so I really have to get a move on.
Super excited, though - this is exactly what I wanted! :D


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 Post subject: Re: The Writers "Kick in the Pants" thread
PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:25 am 
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I have about 8.500 words. Mind you, that's just notes and ramblings and typed-out quotes so far. But it's a start.
Bummer that I have to put it aside now and prepare a totally different talk. Multitasking sucks. I wish I had enough time and peace of mind to concentrate on one thing for a couple of weeks at least before having to start another.


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 Post subject: Re: The Writers "Kick in the Pants" thread
PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:16 am 
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I don't write for fun, but I really feel like I have something I need to say although I have no clue what it is. And I'm such a freak I fear sitting down to write would just produce gibberish that makes me feel stupid and further impede my saying whatever it is I'm not even attempting to say right now. Is this where stories come from? (that nagging feeling to WRITE)

As for you guys, I just assume that anything written by PPK peeps will be profound. Or at least funny.


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 Post subject: Re: The Writers "Kick in the Pants" thread
PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:28 am 
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ugh, I really need a kick in the pants.


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 Post subject: Re: The Writers "Kick in the Pants" thread
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bekki wrote:
I don't write for fun, but I really feel like I have something I need to say although I have no clue what it is. And I'm such a freak I fear sitting down to write would just produce gibberish that makes me feel stupid and further impede my saying whatever it is I'm not even attempting to say right now. Is this where stories come from? (that nagging feeling to WRITE)

As for you guys, I just assume that anything written by PPK peeps will be profound. Or at least funny.


I don't think your fear of not measuring up to your expectations or your potential (or whatever) makes you a freak. I think it makes you a human being. Which might be freakish, but you've got an awful lot of company.

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 Post subject: Re: The Writers "Kick in the Pants" thread
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vijita wrote:
ugh, I really need a kick in the pants.


What is it you'd be writing if only you got the right kick in the pants?

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 Post subject: Re: The Writers "Kick in the Pants" thread
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ugh, I really need a kick in the pants.


What is it you'd be writing if only you got the right kick in the pants?

Taking my Masters thesis novel from crappy to send-out worthy. Kick me! I know I can do it, but every time I sit down to it I just feel like the most despairing writer in the world. I need to stop with the drama and just get this shiitake done.


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Yeah, vijita, get this shiitake done! Because the ppk wants to read it.

I keep trying to work on the paper I have to present next week - but I keep finding interesting materials relating to the book project!

Also, having woken up with a head cold does not help at all.


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Yeah, you need to turn the critic volume way down and turn the "just get to the end" volume way up.

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 Post subject: Re: The Writers "Kick in the Pants" thread
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:14 pm 
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So I need to:
Do a fifth(!)rewrite on a comic book script I started about a year and a half ago. Then let folks read it again.
Turn bunches of notes I took while working a terrible canvassing job into a story - maybe a zine? I just don't know yet.
Finish writing two short scifi/horror stories I've started, kicked around a little.
Do interviews for a collaborative collaborative (thank god someone else will be writing)
Do some pitches for stuff that will make me money so I'm not broke when my job ends next month.

I feel like ready to about ready to get to work. Yesterday I cut my hair (common stalling tactic) and there's not much left. I also made bread. The house is clean. Time to make coffee and get to work.


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 Post subject: Re: The Writers "Kick in the Pants" thread
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:23 am 
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vijita wrote:
FootFace wrote:
vijita wrote:
ugh, I really need a kick in the pants.


What is it you'd be writing if only you got the right kick in the pants?

Taking my Masters thesis novel from crappy to send-out worthy. Kick me! I know I can do it, but every time I sit down to it I just feel like the most despairing writer in the world. I need to stop with the drama and just get this shiitake done.


Jusy DO IT!


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 Post subject: Re: The Writers "Kick in the Pants" thread
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Thank you! This obsession with perfecting it is never going to get me anywhere!


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 Post subject: Re: The Writers "Kick in the Pants" thread
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You know, due to the kicking in this thread, I'm booking off a week at the beginning of November to finish the goddamn thing.


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vijita wrote:
You know, due to the kicking in this thread, I'm booking off a week at the beginning of November to finish the goddamn thing.


Do it! Also, November is NaNoWriMo. Everyone will be writing something (and think that it's actually rubbish, but what the heck).
Besides, getting feedback from other people may change your opininon as well. I've written some really silly things, and then it turned out that others really liked them.


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vijita wrote:
You know, due to the kicking in this thread, I'm booking off a week at the beginning of November to finish the goddamn thing.

Yay!

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 Post subject: Re: The Writers "Kick in the Pants" thread
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My pants need kicking. I am in danger of losing all my momentum.

I still have this ridiculous fear of writing and writing and then realizing that what I wrote doesn't work, and then having to delete and start over. I think that's ridiculous not because it's unlikely, but why am I afraid of it? Because I will have "wasted" all that time? As opposed to doing what with it now?

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Footie, I deal with it all the time. I spent all my time today (a couple of hours already) writing a scene/part of story that's shaping up to be a disaster and I'm not sure I'll even use the idea at all but maybe tomorrow, I can turn it around. It's not a waste of time though, even if I can't. At least I tried it and found out it was a disaster! It's the old "I didn't fail, I came up with another way of doing things wrong." I'm just playing with my characters, if nothing else. Getting to know them, putting them in situations. When the good ideas come for them, I'll (hopefully!) be ready and have them fleshed out enough to know what to do. Also, today's work is not ALL disaster. It's the end, mostly, that's frustrating me. There are some fun bits that even if they don't get used here, they can be salvaged for something else. It's never a waste of time! Even if not one sentence of today's scrum survives!

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Mistakes are falling forward!

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 Post subject: Re: The Writers "Kick in the Pants" thread
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That's right. You can do it, footie!

For me, the most frightening thing when I contemplate writing a novel is not that I'll fail, but it's the amount of work involved in writing one. Because BY GOD, when I've invested that much time, effort and work, the story WILL SUCCEED. It will succeed if it kills me. And I will work and work and rework the story until goddamnit it, it works and I know that about myself and it's scary!

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