Monday, 17 September 2012

Less whinging, more writing

I'm having a small dilemma. Normally at about this time (or sometimes sooner) I have my idea for Nano (http://www.nanowrimo.org/). Ideas are not my problem. I have bucket-loads, and my idea for Nano this year is an absolute blinder. I love it. It is the Christmas Eve of ideas. My problem is, you see, I love it a bit too much and I want to write it immediately. Now, I can see all you normal people out there scratching your heads and thinking, just write it now then. This is a non-problem, quit your whinging and get typing. Hmmmm. Good point, duly noted. I guess the problem really is that I'm scared. Mostly of two things. Thing one; that when I go to write it my story loses some (all) of it's brilliance and turns into a great big pile of poo. This is ridiculous. I am (at worst) a competent writer. I can string a sentence together. I know the rules. I've knocked out some half decent short stories in my time. I can probably do this. Thing two; I have never ever ever managed to write more than twenty thousand consecutive words and not get bored with the whole business ever ever ever apart from during Nano. What if my wonder story (which is a trilogy in my head) doesn't make it past the 10k mark? So when you take thing one and add thing two you get a great big bowl of irrational fear. I know I'm being stupid, which kind of makes it worse. It's like when I'm in hospital and they can't get the needle for the IV in and I cry. It's stupid. It doesn't really hurt and I've done far worse things to myself on purpose (hello foot tattoo and nipple piercings) and I know that getting upset does no one any favours, but yet I can't stop it. I guess my question really is, then, do I start to write now because I really want to? Or do I wait until November when I think I have more chance of sticking with it? Decisions, decisions... (if you want to, you can read more about my award-winning ideas and gold-standard procrastination by going here http://winningwords.org.uk/blog/ where I have been moon-blogging)

2 comments:

Overdue said...

Hey there, sorry to hear you've been ill :( Glad to hear you're better :)

I think you should let your idea marinate. I'm big on marinating (outside the kitchen). If you get bored with it in your head after a month then you can just change it, whereas if you get bored with it after 20,000 words, you feel like you're stuck with it because the idea of deleting 20,000 words is like the idea of giving away your children so you just hack away at it, trying to improve it but making it worse and worse and worse until you can no longer stand the sight of it and you have to give up in despair (yes, I've been there, how could you tell?)
Work out the kinks before you set pen to paper. If you're bored of it in a month then you'll be glad you didn't bother trying to write it down!

the bijou raconteur said...

Great advice, thanks lady! I'm getting to know my characters and reading in the genre...I'm lucky that I can keep track of a lot of information in my head, so even if I'm not writing, I'm thinking about it...I haven't really written anything for ages so the thought of getting going again is really exciting!