On Writing

the writing stag

This tag is actually called ‘The Writer’s Tag’ but someone mentioned how much it looks like ‘The Writer Stag’ and this amuses me greatly. Thanks to Mirriam for tagging everybody, and so therefore tagging me.

"As the deer panteth for the water, so my soul longeth after thee."    As The Deer: Hymn:
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WHAT GENRES, STYLES, AND TOPICS DO YOU WRITE ABOUT?

Genre: Fantasy – because you can borrow from all of history and throw in a dragon and it will be legit. I love history, but fantasy is unrestricted – if I want to mesh a Viking and Mongol culture together … I can. AND NO ONE CAN TELL ME NAY!!!

Styles: I do write some serious content, but humour always creeps through. I love funny things, and sometimes I find myself writing a line with true glee. Or struggling to get a joke that is HILARIOUS!!!! in my head onto paper. That’s less fun.

Topics: Oh – everything. I try to put themes and topics into my stories but my characters always refuse to participate. They see right through my puny attempts and go on tangents about wanting to be a medicine woman or something.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING?

Years. Years and years. I completed my first novel in 2014, but I have piles and piles of unfinished and finished short stories banging about from the time I thought revision was spelled with an ‘h’. (Dude. Think about it. It still makes sense.) I won first prize for gore once. I was bemused. Did no one else write realistically?

WHY DO YOU WRITE?

Because I love stories. Because that love bubbles over until I have to write something down. Sometimes the magic happens – my fingers fly over the keyboard and the characters talk and events unfold seamlessly onto the page. But that doesn’t happen often; I have to work for it – but the stories …

I write because I love them.

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WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO WRITE?

Much to my annoyance, at night. When everything is quite and all is dark (‘… silllllleeeeennnt niiiiiggghhhhttt ….’) and my mine is emptied of stresses and there is nothing but the words and I. You have no idea how much I resent this flaw of mine; I’d much rather write easily in the morning.

PARTS OF WRITING YOU LOVE VS PARTS YOU HATE?

What I love? Finishing. There is nothing quite like the feeling of knowing the story is finished; you’ve told it. It’s done. The end. It’s beautiful. A moment to be savoured.

What I hate? The bringing myself to sit and write. My mind leaps like an antsy frog on coals and has this kind of conversation:

ME: Little grey cells, shall we write?

BRAIN: Cool. Cool, cool, cool. Good idea. BUT WAIT YOU HAVE TO VACUUM BEFORE YOU DO THIS.

ME: … but … what?

BRAIN: CLEAN! DUST! WASH! ORGANISE YOUR BOOKSHELF! WASH YOUR CAR! ONLY THEN CAN YOUR WORDS FLOW. ONNNLLLY THEN!!

Me: Okay. That sounds like a good plan.

(spoiler: it’s never a good plan)

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HOW DO YOU OVERCOME WRITERS BLOCK?

Nowadays? I exhaust my procrastination muscles, and then do a surprise leap into a Word Document. Takes time, but works like a charm. Sometimes. So a faulty charm, basically.

ARE YOU WORKING ON SOMETHING AT THE MOMENT?

Yes. Insalted is on draft 2.5 and The Mediocre Title That I Need To Change is ticking along alright. I’ve really let my creativity run wild on that one – there’s a crime lord dragon and the heroine’s kidnapping a husband.

Everyday activities, really.

WRITING GOALS THIS YEAR?

  • Finish editing Sandwiches
  • Prepare Insalted for querying. But finish it first. (That’s rather important, I hear.)
  • Finish the 1st draft of The Mediocre Title That I need To Change

right. so i’d better get going to that, then

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4 thoughts on “the writing stag”

  1. Hi Ness
    Thanks for that – you always make me laugh – and I mean that in a nice way, not something snide ‘cos I’d never do that (i don’t think I would, anyway and I suppose that’s what counts!.

    Yep, I’m a late night writer too, usually assisted, I have to admit by a drop of Shiraz or two 😉
    I love that little voice in my head that tells me to sharpen my pencils, clean my desk, tidy the bedroom, organise the laundry, feed the chickens, finish off those raised garden beds I started two months ago before I get down to serious writing and … oh, holy-moly, you have to do the vital research first too before you can craft your historically based blockbuster on the world – or even on the screen of the computer!
    Keep it up!
    Cheerio
    S

    1. Thank you : )

      Haha! Yes, it is hard to recognise distractions for what they are, but my gosh, when I sit down to my laptop to write it suddenly becomes CRITICAL!!!! to write that review or vacuum or anything but writing.

      – I’m supposed to be writing right now, but I decided that replying to comments rather belatedly took the priority cake,

      Hey-ho though. Onwards and upwards!

  2. these could be my answers too, I procrastinate like crazy, I’m like you, I can’t write in the morning or at night but maybe during the afternoon. I like to haved finished my writings too, piles of writing and I got none of them finished. I think my mind is a little bit like ‘what, write now? why’ all the time. people said they love writing and I like to say it too because I do sometimes love writing, it is the part about finishing that I seem unable to like.

    good luck with your writings.

    have a lovely day.

    1. HAHA! ‘what, write now? why I get that! But mine is a bit like ‘Ohhhh! Writing! What a cool idea … but you know what you REALLY need to do to make your writing SOOOO much better? CLEANING!!!!’

      On the upside, everything gets cleaned. On the downside, I never do get around to writing.

      BUT WE CAN PERSEVERE, YOU AND I!!

      All the very best with your writings, and have a lovely day – forgive me for taking a wee bit long to reply 🙂

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