Feb. 17th, 2011

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While I can talk like I've been beat to death with the Blarney Stone, writing seems to be not as easy. I can do it mind you. I participated in NaNoWriMo and wrote an absurd amount of words in a month. But it was like pulling teeth. One of the things about that contest is that you are forced to generate content even if its bad. It gets you into the habit of writing and then you can refine later. The truth is that most good writers don't get it right the first time. They have to iterate. They find the plot holes just like everybody else does. But they are so close to it that its harder for you. So you avoid it. But when you are just starting out, generating words is the hard part.

For me, I'm a perfectionist with my writing. That's why its so hard. I am actually constantly rewritnig everything as the characters are hitting the page and that means I end u pgoing back a lot. And "perfection" is the enemhy of "good enough". The real world has enough plot holes in it already. Its overwhelmingly egotistical of me to think that I can do better with no practice.

So as of late I've started writing more and not focusing on the refinement. It does generate a lot of text that way. And I'm discovering that refining/editing your own work is the most horrible job any person can have. Torturous as you blast yourself about bad things but don't give yourself credit on the good stuff. And I'm writing the stories that I would want to hear. ones that if someone else were to have written it, I would rush to the bookstore to purchase it. Its that sort of inspiration that I think writers possess. They are often tortured by it as well as any other writer will say.

I don't care if I' a published author. I don't care if I never make a penny off of the stuff I write.

I just want to tell a story.

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