I’m very bad about updating lately. It’s a little more difficult to find ways to update on writing projects than it is on video and other projects. At least when I’m working on a video project I can say things about the production process like, “I’ve checked out my location and found people to be in my video! Hooray!” or “Jeez, editing takes so loooong!” And then you can visualize these processes and see the work going into it. What does one say about a writing project without giving too much away?
“I wrote a lot today!”
“The words weren’t playing nice today. Bother.”
“My characters keep trying to jump off bridges. Perhaps I should make a cup of tea and then try writing again.”
These things aren’t very engaging for a casual reader, I think. Talking about the mechanics of writing can be interesting for those interested, and those interested tend to just be other writers, but even then the talk gets more than a little vague and there’s only so interested anyone can be without knowing the story to which the mechanics pieces belong. Which brings me right back to giving too much away. And I really, really don’t want to share things that aren’t complete, at the very least complete. It’s irksome to everyone involved; for the writer who will then likely get feedback to a story that may not yet have a direction, and for the reader who doesn’t get any kind of closure. I don’t want to do that. Or maybe I’m just afraid? It could go both ways, really.
And that’s the other thing! The other thing that prevents me from updating lately is that so many story projects get started and not finished. I thought I’d overcome this horrible habit of mine that I’ve had for as long as I can recall (ask my mother, she’ll confirm it) thanks to the journalism department. For a while there, I probably had. I started and finished things, anyway. I seem to have slipped backwards a little, though, since graduating. I’m not entirely sure what to do about it except to keep pushing myself forward.
But that’s what I’ve been doing all my life! So maybe I have to approach this from another direction?
It occurs to me that maybe I simply need a focus. I need a character or an idea to push around instead of just charging forward on nothing. Kind of like the difference between walking round and round on a track or just forward forever on a treadmill, and walking with a destination in mind or walking with the purpose of seeing things. Anyone who knows me personally will tell you I physically can’t focus on one thing at a time, so this will be a bit of a trick for me. I’ll see how well it works with one just to get me started. I’ll let you know how that goes, I suppose.
More immediately, I have to figure out how to get around work to write. I’m not unfamiliar with physically demanding work, but the bakery is absolutely draining physically, mentally and, unexpectedly, emotionally. I’m finding the more exhausted I am after work (or even the next morning still), the less I can think straight and more prone I am to saying–shouting–“Bugger it!” to everything and everyone. And then there’s the crying and the fits of fetal-position-muttering that goes along with being tired and pitiful– Well, yes, you get the picture. Tired duck = disinclined-to-do-much-more-than-loaf duck Go figure. There needs to be a writing / story / word-fiddling slow cooker. Slow cookers are wonderful and terribly useful, especially when you keep them handy for use. They make dinner so much easier and convenient. Someone needs to invent one for writing.
So perhaps there was quite a bit to say after all. I will keep experimenting and trying to keep the words happening and hopefully I can offer something more another day. Seriously, guys, it’s all one long frikin’ adventure. We can do this.