Saturday, November 21, 2009

Keeping it Short...

Hi all,
I've been in the throes of wrestling with a short story I need to I don't have an official deadline, but since I'm writing as part of a group of writers (and the concept was my bright idea) it would be nice if I actually got my story completed. I'm finding this a huge challenge and I have great respect for those of you out there who can write short.

The first thing I ever wrote (for publication) was a 18K short story. Alpha v Alpha pretty much wrote itself. Boy how I wish my current project would just write itself. I'm over 10k words and yet I struggle. Part of my problem is indeed my own fault. I have trouble forcing myself to write when nothing seems inclined to sprout from the end of my fingers (in terms of typing on my laptop). If the story isn't flowing, I have trouble forcing myself to keep going. BUT...that's what I need to do right now. I guess the willingness to write crap just to get something written (that you can edit when you're done) separates the men from the boys...or women from the girls, in my case. I've always had issues with the "sit down and write even if it's crap" attitude. I hate writing crap.

Does anyone have any tips for forcing yourself to keeeeeeeep going? Do you offer yourself rewards? What? Help me? I'm melting... melting... Oh my beautiful world... Ooops sorry - that something else. Anyway, I'm sure you get the idea. Suggestions anyone?


  1. I have the same problem, so I can't help...sorry. But I know what you mean...I really envy those people who just write, then can edit it all into a cracking good yarn.

    But...I'm trying...I really am.

  2. Some people benefit by not forcing themselves to write the story in a linear fashion. If you know how it ends, you can write that scene and then start back where you were?

  3. I like Anne LaMott's notion about giving yourself permission to write a horrid first draft. Also sometimes it helps me to give myself permission to not write, to do something totally different, like enjoying a turkey dinner with family. Have a good one!

  4. Jody, I took your advice and decided to skip the love scene that was holding me back. Then I came to another love scene. Skipped that too. Aaaargh. I write erotic romance - those scenes are important. However, after skipping them, I now have 15K instead of just 10k. Now I have to worry about going OVER my word limit. Sigh. But at least I'm making progress.


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