So, I’ve been working 6 days a week recently, and thought that I would have the motivation to complete June’s edition of Camp NaNoWriMo. That was a wash. I’ll try again in August. The exhaustion is ruining my writing process.
Then there’s the homesickness I have to contend with. As much as I hated Webster, I liked it better than Florida. This place is a hellhole, Jacksonville especially. (Apologies to anyone who lives here.) Being away from most of the people that I love, in a place that is so completely inhospitable and, frankly, weird, has taken its toll. I’m a New England kind of girl, and the mindset that Florida is putting me in has brought me down hard.
I’m trying to get a handle on it, though. It’s hard to run a blog about writing when you can’t get any done, right?
I do, however, have ample plotting material for a piece of fiction that I’m trying like hell to get rolling on. I put Muse on the back burner for the time being. I’m not executing it as well as I’d like, and I need to go back and see where I went wrong and where I can improve. The piece I’m working on has been mentioned on G&L a few times, and still has no title. The main character is Kadri, the clone. She’s spiffy. I love her.
Which brings me to the point of this post: I’ve already gotten a physician’s take on this situation, but I need the opinions of the readers of science fiction. Ready?
If a certain group of people are genetically engineered, would they pass their alterations down to their offspring? If those genetically engineered people only breed with one another (taking incest out of the equation), are they more likely to pass down those alterations than if they produced offspring with a normal human being?
For my ‘Featured Blog’ post every Wednesday, I decided that I only wanted to feature blogs that offer tools or insight to budding writers. And after two solid days of scouring WordPress, going through my blog roll (and there are quite a few of you that are on my list to be featured, by the way), and agonizing over who I would choose for my first blog post, I decided on… *drumroll*
A BA in BS by Jessi Peterson
I know, I know, it looks like I’m playing favorites, but I swear I’m not. =P Jessi’s blog includes a new series of posts called “The Writer’s Toolbox” and also a whole string of webinars related to the content presented at our Inkwell Imaginings (a weekly workshop and critique circle) meetings. Along with useful tidbits like the aforementioned, you’ll also catch her posting fantastic tidbits of flash fiction and character studies. Definitely worth a look (and a place on your blogroll) so get to it!
So, recently, an unnamed friend of mine sent me an email asking about writing. I thought it would be beneficial to share the question and my answer, for everyone out there who has serious self-confidence problems when it comes to their writing. (It’s not so uncommon as you might think!)
I want to write weird interesting stories but do you think I lack the talent? Also how many days a week should I write if I don’t have alot of time? Just curious I know I asked before lol but need your opinion. I want to write about faeries in an asylum but that’s all I can think of. lol Is any idea to weird?
Your friend [xxxxx]
My response (which incidentally sounds a bit harsher than I expected it to):
: Stop questioning whether you have the talent. People may have a way with words, but writing skill is built through practice. Write or don’t write. That’s all there is to it. If you want to write weird stories, write them.
Rule #2: Write whenever you feel like writing. Ideally, every day. But we all know that ‘every day’ just doesn’t happen all the time. Write when you feel like writing. If you never feel like writing, but you still want to ‘at some point’ then procrastination is your problem, and you have to make yourself do it if you really want it. When you have the time, write. Even the busiest person on the planet has ten minutes here and there where there’s nothing to do. Jot ideas down, or something.
Rule #3: If you think about it, you can write it. Who cares if someone might think the idea is too weird? Someone else might love the subject matter. For as many people as there are on this planet, there are just as many points of interest. Not everyone will love it. Not everyone will hate it. What matters is that YOU love writing it.
So, there you have it. That’s my opinion on the matter. I’m no authority on the subject, and my way isn’t the “only way,” so do what feels right to you.
Very first writing exercise for G&L! Keep in mind that there are no rules, really. Tweak the exercise as you need to tweak it. If you participate, but don’t feel like sharing, that’s just fine, too.
We all have characters that we don’t know as deeply as we should, and as a result they come across as flat and drab in our fiction. In a night class I took several years ago, my teacher insisted that those of us having a hard time hearing our characters’ voices try writing a diary entry from their perspective. It doesn’t matter if the character is your hero, your villain, or a side character whose purpose seems lost but you know belongs in your story. Even if you come up with multiple entries, as long as you provide a link (if you plan to share) you’re welcome to share as many as you like. Remember, you have from Friday until the following Thursday to send me your links to include on that exercise’s post.
Exercise for February 18, 2011: Write a diary entry for a character you don’t know very well, detailing the bits about him/her you’re unsure about. Use his/her voice. Don’t edit, let it come naturally, and you might be surprised what your character has to say. =]
Jessi at A BA in BS – An entry by George
Chris at Expiscor ex iter itineris
Moi! – A letter from Felix