So, four things to follow up on previous blog post and then Next Week on Argh:
1. “The Real Writer”: I screwed up communicating on that one completely. What I was trying to say was there are a lot of people who say a Real Writer doesn’t get writer’s block, she just puts her butt in the chair and writes without whining, and fine, by their definition, I’m not a Real Writer. I know I’m a real writer, I’m just having trouble with the voices, which those Real Writers wouldn’t let stop them. I communicated that VERY badly and I apologize. For the record, I am not only a real writer, I’m a FABULOUS writer. I just have this little problem . . .
2. I don’t have Writer’s Block, I have Writer’s Anacusis (which means total deafness which is not exactly my problem because every now and then I get voices). I can write non-fiction just fine, it’s the voices I’m missing. Although now that I can call it Writer’s Anacusis, I’m feeling much better. That sounds serious, not like whining.
3. LOTS of good stuff to think about from yesterday which is why I responded to so many comments (except the ones I liberated from pending because they disappeared before I could answer). I like Laura’s idea of changing things up, which made me think of trying to get movies instead of radio plays. That’s going to be tough because I’m not a visual writer, but it’s worth a shot. Also, everybody who said, “Maybe there’s too much going on,” had an excellent point. And the good news there is that I’m almost finished with the McD curriculum (not the lectures, but hey, that’s non-fiction, so I can do that later), and the house is with a month or two of being livable, and Milton is completely recovered and leaping about like a small, elongated mountain goat, and all my stuff is moved here, so by September, it may be quiet enough in my head that the voices will come back.
4. Mostly I just want to say thank you for the comments. That was such a self-indulgent, self-centered post that I was really inviting a lot of “get over yourself, you’re the luckiest woman we know” comments (and that’s so true) but instead I got great advice, even the stuff I couldn’t do, and amazing support. I am very, very lucky to be part of Argh Nation and I know it.
I really do hope the comments made that post valuable, and to make up for all the navel-gazing this week, I’m putting together a five-part series on rewriting next week so we can talk about craft for awhile because I haven’t given back much to this blog lately. (The Doctor Who weekends are because I love the Doctor, so it’s most fan squee even when I try to make writerly points about the episodes.) I wrote a first draft of a first scene for a novella I’d been thinking about, and it was terrible but that’s okay because hey, first draft, not supposed to be good. So that’s Monday’s post. Then Tuesday, I have the notes I made on re-reading it several times during the following week, pinpointing the most egregious flaws. Wednesday, you get the rewrite after my notes. Then I gave it to beta readers, and on Thursday you get their notes (and they were all fabulous readers, too, absolutely right in their comments) and then on Friday you get the next rewrite which has no juice, but it’ll do for now. Not the last rewrite because I can’t write the final draft of the first scene until I’ve written the final draft of the last scene, but it’s to the place where it’ll serve to start the story without causing me too much pain when I read it. As I said, it lacks juice, but at this point, I’m good with that. It’s a start.
So coming soon on Argh: The End of the Rose Years on Doctor Who–get the Kleenex–and a five part series on how I try to make really terrible first drafts into okay-I-won’t-kill-myself-when-I read-this, good-enough-for-now, third drafts.
And again, thank you so much for your support.