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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-04-25 21:47
Subject: [process] Paging Fred to the front office
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Tags:books, green, madness, personal, process, stories, writing
So I wrote (or revised) just about every single day between 12/10 and 3/31. Drafted Green, wrote (then revised) "The Baby Killers", revised Madness of Flowers, revised Green, knocked out a handful of other short stories.

I gave myself April off from writing. I mean, I've done an article and a flash piece, "The Inertia of Corpses", and several substantial pieces of critical reading, but that hardly counts. I told Fred he could skive off, and I've spent the month largely reading, both unpublished stuff for critique, and actual books with bindings and stuff. (Just today finished The Houses of Time by Jamil NasirPowell's | Amazon ].)

Meanwhile, because Not Writing was starting to make me twitchy, last week I began a short story called "The Speed of Time." After a page and half, I stopped. Three times since then I came back to it. Nada.

I was blocked. As the_flea_king said tonight in chat, Fred was fishing somewhere. I mean, I had given him the month off. Still, this was freaky.

So this morning I wrote another flash, "Shard". That seemed to clear the pipes a bit, so I went back and put about 2,000 more words into "The Speed of Time," and lo, I had a complete short story draft.

I'm telling you, giving Fred a vacation is spooky. Having him back is heaven.
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S. Boyd Taylor
User: sboydtaylor
Date: 2008-04-26 05:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sometimes you've just got to let your mind rest. Even if it drives you batty.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2008-04-26 05:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've been arguing with Muse. We've been trying Something New: working on one thing, and one thing only, for 45 days straight. I was starting to burn out. I'd managed 1,000 words a day, but it was getting harder and the plot threads were getting messy and tangled and, meanwhile, Muse was desperate to do something else, anything else.

Wednesday, we passed the 50,000 word mark, and I said, "Okay, we'll take a break. I'll let you write something in The adults-only Space/Soap Opera."

And I wrote 7,000 words it two days. Good set-up, strong soap opera conflict, fabulous space opera ending with strong themes of human survival in a post-Singularity universe, the sacrifices made on both sides, and what constitutes a "mature" relationship among humans, all boiled down to two people and an almost insurmountable crisis: her mother.

Muse had so much fun she threw out three more ideas during dinner. My wife glared at me the whole meal because I was sketching out notes in my little moleskin.

Damn, it felt good to have that spigot turned back on.
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User: manmela
Date: 2008-04-26 08:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think it must be something about April. Perhaps there's a muse convention or something and they all leave town for a couple of weeks
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User: cecewriter
Date: 2008-04-26 14:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
LOL Elfs! You gotta love the process, though I do think that ideas need time to cook. Maybe you used all your cookie dough up and the muse wanted time to make more?!
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User: manmela
Date: 2008-04-26 08:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've been working on a novel since the week before xmas and whilst progress is slow, it has been constant. I got to the end of March and reached a point in the story some 45,000 words in where I realised I actually hadn't plotted out what happened in the middle-arc of the book.

I tried to push on through, but my brain needed time to formulate ideas so went to doing a few short stories for a couple of competitions (I was actually very proud in the fact I managed to do 2 short stories in a week) but returning to the novel, I find that Fred is on extended leave.

The fog in my brain is slowly started to clear and I'm beginning to see the story and I'm hoping it's enough to get Fred back into the office and back to work.

I guess sometimes Fred can;t work unless Bill the manager has set out what he needs to do
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