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So, I have deep and upset thoughts about the way the election went which I am going to put into a post at some point in the near future, but first here are some deep and upset thoughts about my rather lacklustre writing career.

Okay, here's a disclosure for you...

* I have never finished an original story that wasn't either witless juvenilia or Harry Potter and, er ... what I now realise (although didn't in 1993) must have been Doctor Who fanfiction.

Here's another one...

* These days I get paid to write 'news' about people who sell computers for a living, and it is hands down the most uninspiring shit and I am not enjoying myself in the process.

The annoying thing about being paid to write is, I have found, that after a hard day trying in vain to make my work sound interesting, I come home and the last thing I really feel like doing is writing anything. So yeah, there's a wee motivation problem to contend with.

I absolutely know - and I try and say this with as little ego as possible - that I am a fucking good writer and could get published with the right book and the right level of application, and so maybe I'd still be writing about computing but at least then I'd know I was capable of something better than that.

So, the problem I wanted to ask for your thoughts on is that I find I have these ideas bouncing around my head but I can't resolve them into anything. There are a few concepts and situations that I would like to put a character in, but no plot, no story to tie it into. I can't get my head around how actual authors figure out how to bring these vague ideas into a convincing story, with subtext and everything. How is that level of thought possible? How is it done?

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Date: 2010-05-14 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wordplay.livejournal.com
I am no help here. This is the same problem I have; both of them, actually. I write science for a living, and some days it's just too damn hard to to keep stringing words together. And then there's the issue of prose style; in fiction I should probably not use semicolons as I have become accustomed to using them, for one thing.

The other thing is that sometimes I think, you know, this would be better if I could talk about it! But you know that thing about every idea sounding totally ridiculous when you precis it in 50 words or less? I just feel too much like a moron, so it stays locked in my head.

Fear, I have it. ♥

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Date: 2010-05-15 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] benjj.livejournal.com
I have spent tortuous hours trying to write my last article, most of the time I scope and then expand on it and it works more or less smoothly, but my god it really didn't work this time. I even sent the draft beginning to someone fairly high up who said it was crap (or rather 'that's not quite how we'd like to see it in print') that was surprisingly helpful. The only way around it was to write. something, even if I couldn't see where it would go, or if it eventually got ripped up, or I didn't like it in the first place. It helps, because reading it on the bus I can see where it's wrong, revise, redraft, replay, start again... but it gets something. And eventually, it finally resolves. Honest.

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Date: 2010-06-20 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aome.livejournal.com
Completely unrelated, but I just wanted to congratulate you and L. I hope it was a blissfully happy day for you both, and the start of many wonderful years together. ♥

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