Monday, October 09, 2006

Control me like a puppet on a string

Writing is difficult.

The process of creation can be a bit of a strain on not only your mind, but various aspects of your life too. There's many times where you're closed off from your family and friends because, simply, you need to write. You'll need to get the thoughts out of you or you'll go insane (I've actually written a story about this which an artist is currently looking over for me, so it'll be easier to explain then).

Worse, when you're actually not locked away in a room hitting a keyboard repeatedly for hours on end, even when you're with people, there are these... moments. Moments of staring into space, trying to fix a 'problem' with your story or making little dialogue snippets or constructing scenes that you hope a reader will throw up with enjoyment. Then the frantic moment of trying to capture those thoughts before they fly away, only to be seen in eluded fever dreams.

It can't be helped.

These things never leave you. While some jobs can be switched off the moment you leave the office, it's the plague of the 'home job' that you can never truly leave behind the stress when work invades your personal space. And when you write, you carry it around everywhere with you. It's inescapable.

It can't be helped.

Writers, by nature, are insane daydreamers living in a world of tired-closed eyes that only open when something is finished. And it's never truly finished. It's difficult.

But what's even more difficult is the waiting.

I'm waiting on a billion things right now. Talented artistic partners to complete the visualisation of my scripts. Editors to tell me if they want other scripts for their anthologies/publications. Pay cheques to clear for accepted stories. Unfinished labours to come into daylight clarity so I can add another fiction piece to my portfolio. It all takes time and effort to stop going over the edge when these things threaten to drag you off with them. But I wait, in the hope that the waiting will be worth it. Because writing is difficult.

So in this phase of waiting and writing, I ask you a question. What would you like to see here? I cant always keep throwing out extracts of my work, as it creates problems with what I can show and how often – and you'll probably get bored anyway. So, in an effort to be a little more interactive and provide some breadth to my space here, I'm asking this:

What would you like to see in this blog?

As long as it's writing connected (and doesn’t break any NDA/confidentiality contracts I'm involved in) I'll take consideration of your suggestions. And I don’t even have to know you to take it on board. I'm aware of a fair few lurkers on here, some more regular than others, so it doesn’t matter if you visit often or are just passing by. Throw something out there and I'll read it. After spending most of my days in a room, by myself, typing and listening to voices in my head, it'll be nice to have something and real people to bounce off.

So hit me with your rhythm stick.

Hit me.

12 comments:

Jac said...

Well in my opinion that is one of the most interesting entries on your blog. It may not be a story or a comic book you are hoping to publish, but it is still 'your work', and my enjoyment in reading it serves to illustrate your abilities as a writer.

I would like to see more of the same...some insight into the mind of a word whore (your words, not mine!). I like to read about real life, real experiences and real emotion.

So maybe just updates on your progress, your day to day life and how you are feeling? And intermingled some extracts from your current work just to keep us going ;-)

Jac xx

Writing Gaijin said...

Thanks for the input :D

I was initially going to try and avoid a diary feel/style of blog (mostly through reasons noted in this entry: http://cbrotherson.blogspot.com/2006/09/brief-peek-behind-curtain.html) but I like the idea of mixing the two, which I guess is also in the above entry. The main problem I have with that is that if I write something halfway decent, I want to use it for future work, lol. I'll probably try and experiment and see what emerges. Cheers for the suggestion, it's def something I'll try and hammer out I think :)

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Writing Gaijin said...

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Crowley said...

pictures of you naked please.





... what?



ok, I'm happy with it as it stands actually. A little of your material, a little of your commentary. Good stuff.

Steve

Writing Gaijin said...

Thanks for the feedback, I'm working on a few things to help push this forward now :)

Any more for any more? Although requests for nudity, from this point, will be bypassed...

Crowley said...

p.s. I'd also personally take the word "mad" out of the page title, or replace it. It makes you sound like a kerazee funster if you know what I mean.

Writing Gaijin said...

Considering the week I've had so far, it's probably more viable than it's ever been at this point... but I see your point. I'll probably take it off (at least for a while).

Crowley said...

Well, rather than take it out, perhaps replace it. "teetering" would be a good one. Or "crazed", if you want to be more blatant?

Writing Gaijin said...

Hmm, I liked the alliteration of "m" which was why I used it... maybe "manic"? How does that sound?

Crowley said...

perfect!

Writing Gaijin said...

Done. Cheers for the input :)