Friday, October 22, 2004

Dear Charlie:

Okay. I'm having a creatively retarded night. I wrote 6 pages and cut 3. I don't like the tone, and I'm not sure how to keep the main character in proper voice. Keeps being a bit sappy, and this character simply isn't sappy. It's pissing me off.

Worse, my beloved sister and I were just discussing our frustrations about not being able to find The Zone. I didn't admit I was feeling it, too. I kinda hoped that, since I actually WAS writing something, I wasn't creatively stunted. I was wrong. I read back over what I'd written.

It was merde. Pure and simple.

It's like the Creativity Nazi came along and smacked me over the head, shouting, "No Zone for you!" Damn Creativity Nazi.

So, I thought I'd just try writing on something else. That usually works. It didn't. So I surfed a few blogs. That usually helps. It didn't. Lyrics searches. No dice. Read several stories on Truckin'. Nada.

So, I played mahjong for an hour. Didn't help, but I did beat my old scores by a dumpload! Woo-hoo!

Needless to say, this is probably the best of the blood I've managed to squeeze from the turnip that is my brain tonight. How sad is that?

I'll be better tomorrow. It's been a long, LOOOOONG week.

Oo-ooo! I'm gonna play some Budokai! I haven't done that in WEEKS!

9 Comments:

At 11:37 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Yeesh, I had a night like that the other day. Where everything I wrote turned out like crap. I couldn't get in the flow. Couldn't get the picture in my head onto the page. I hate it when that happens. It makes me want to throw my monitor through the closest wall or window. I don't handle frustration well, can you tell?
Just remember sweetie..."And this too shall pass." give it a rest for the evening and tomorrow will be another day. Your brain is probably on over load from the week. It happens!!!
Hugs,
Michelle

 
At 11:43 PM, Blogger GutterBall said...

Ah, it's no biggie. After all, in the memorable and infinitely quotable words of Vegeta in the Budokai game I just paused, "I have beaten Kakarot!" That's a plus on the evening, ne?

*big grin*

 
At 1:46 AM, Blogger none said...

I want someone to tell me exactly what The Flow and The Zone are?
This is not a hostile question! :grinning: But I need to understand this completely so I can communicate with people.
Email me if you cannot post it here! Thanks Janie

 
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At 7:22 AM, Blogger BG said...

I've had five pages sitting in a Word file for over a week now while I figure out if I really have the discipline and inspiration to put another hundred-and-some-odd down for my story. It's not a lack of creativity for me, it's just downright sloth.

Good luck getting back on the horse.

 
At 10:54 AM, Blogger Dr. Pauly said...

Hang in there. You have to write through the muddy days. That's really the only way to break out of it.

 
At 11:08 AM, Blogger GutterBall said...

The Flow is when you're so in your character's head and voice that you don't have to stop and think about what you're putting down, and when you read it later, you're like..."I wrote that??"

The Zone is when the whole story comes out of you like you're just subconsciously taking dictation. I can crank out 30 pages in the Zone, and when I'm done, it's like waking up. It's more like SEEING the story than writing it. I love the Zone. *grin*

 
At 11:17 AM, Blogger GutterBall said...

Thanks, BG and Dr. Pauly! I know the only way is to just keep writing (swimming). I usually do that, but it just wasn't happening last night. It's like what I'd already written was in another language, and I simply couldn't conjugate the verbs!

I did, however, kick Kakarot's ass 25 times in a row (though half of those were a lot closer than usual) and finally pulled out Vegito to play around with Kid Buu. That...was...FUN. *grin*

Today, I'm hopefully back in the saddle, but I just got up, so I don't know yet....

 
At 12:35 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Hope today is better for you Molly! I'm puttering in my kitchen deep cleaning today. I just cleaned the toaster oven..egads...how do toaster ovens get all that crap in there anyway.

The Zone...yes, I know what you mean. It's when the scene is so clear in your head that it is like a movie reel and you are taking copious notes, following the characters from point A to point B. Now this is a funny thing about myself. To be in "the zone" I have to give myself permission to do this. I don't worry about using too many adverbs, too many ly words in a sentence, I forget everything but what's in my head. At these times it seems that my poor little digits cannot keep up with my brain. And yes, some of my best work comes out this way.

Last night I did a writing excercise, I'm really getting into these actually. And wrote a partial scene that was in my head. I wanted to try and use as many descriptive words as I could instead of the normal bare bones. The scene came fantastic. But it was much slower, I only ended up with about a thousand words. Hmmm...interesting. Because I physically edited while I wrote. Some sentences I re-wrote five or six times.

I normally write in layers. First layer is normally action and dilogue, ( I do this when in the zone) then I go in and tinker as I call it. Tinkering is now a lot of fun. But I understand the "zone." It is a great place to be sweetie!
hugs,
Michelle

 

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