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Feb. 18th, 2014

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Reading is

I tell you this, not for sympathy or to be cheered up, but to show that it does happen to everyone.

Reading is sucking the ambition out of my desire to write. There are days when all I do is read, before bed, before getting out of bed, I have an AO3 window open at work, and I just read read read. So when I get home, I'm caught up in a story and don't feel like writing.

It's not always because I feel I can't do as good of a job at is as the writers I'm reading, although it does factor in. I think that a lot of it is that it's easier to read, sure my mind still goes off on tangents. But I get comfortable lounging in someone else's playroom, and when it's time to go, I am much more inclined to look for more fic than create it.

Typically, it's a deadline more than anything else that will pull me from reading to writing.

Also, I think we need a Bluesday cocktail.

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thtwzjustadream
Feb. 18th, 2014 05:04 pm (UTC)
I'm having a somewhat similar problem with my very bad not good Facebook/AO3/LJ/Tumblr habit. I find it way too easy to keep checking back on them in a kind of a loop. Coincidentally, an article I read the other week on writing quoted someone as saying they seriously doubt any writer accomplishes much if they have an internet connection available in the space where they are working. That writer said he works with a word processor, in a room away from all computers.

It makes me think - maybe I might try fewer writing nights, but on those nights I shut off my wifi router. Hmm.... worth a shot.

The other thing making it hard to be creative right now is plain old winter funk. I don't have Seasonal Affective Disorder, except that I think a lot of us get it a little. :(.

I need warmth and sunshine and a good, long walk but it's so slippery, sloggy, slushy out and COLD, too. I hate it. Just hate it.

That's my rant. And I like the blue cocktail idea- might just invest in a bottle of blue curacao. :).
kaige68
Feb. 18th, 2014 06:35 pm (UTC)
I follow Holly Black on Twitter, and she will announce that she's stepping away for x amount of time and that she is to be yelled at if she's caught on line before then.

And yes, I can go to look at one thing on youtube when I get home from work and suddenly my go-to-bed alarm is going off and the dog is looking at me angrily. *sigh*

Blue cocktails might cure the doldrums. of course so would sunny and 60!

*hugs*
asphaltcowgrrl
Feb. 19th, 2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
You know, this winter, SAD is probably affecting a LOT of people. I'm lucky - I live in the desert of the southwest US. It's sunny and clear here all the time. But those of you on the East Coast and in the Midwest, there's no end in sight and nothing but snow for days.

And in other news... Tumblr is a black hole. Just sayin'.
thtwzjustadream
Feb. 20th, 2014 01:34 am (UTC)
Oh, it is - it's the time-suck from hell with all those pretty pictures and video clips. I'm pretty much setting myself a daily limit from now on.

I've lived all but three years of my life in the northeast - don't know when I'll move, exactly, but it will be somewhere with more forgiving weather! No where is perfect but.... this is tough, especially those years when it's nasty into April and cold again in September. :|
asphaltcowgrrl
Feb. 21st, 2014 06:48 pm (UTC)
Right? Just don't even open that tab until you have time to burn! LOL

I know what you mean but in reverse. Here, it starts getting hot in late April and doesn't cool off until October. You need somewhere like New Mexico or Southern Utah with stable, reasonable weather! LOL
bizarra
Feb. 18th, 2014 05:49 pm (UTC)
ONE MORE DAY OF THIS WORK SCHEDULE! I am exhausted, my feet are killing me.

Tomorrow, I sleep.

But... on your subject...I get on such a roll with my graphics that sometimes my muse just burns out, and that might be what's happening right now. It's getting better thanks to the graphics challenge I posted. Because sometimes forcing myself through it is the only way to get through it.

I used to be a VERY prolific fanwriter about 10 years ago, then I wrote a very long, very intense story and since that story, I;ve never been able to write anything more than a drabble again. It's like my writing muse just up and left me. Since then I've focused on my graphics and getting them better. (and admittedly, doing a LOT of RP has kind of made me realize I'd much rather write that way than fic-wise, even though there are so many moments in our RP universe that are ficable. Ah well, cest la vie.... :)
kaige68
Feb. 18th, 2014 06:39 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for sleeping!!!

I, too, find that when I finish a project of any time-consuming enormity, I don't want to think about writing for days. So I can totally see why something epic would shut you down.

But I do have to say that RPing did the opposite to me, it made me want to write more fic so that I could control all the characters. I don't sigh as much at what they do when they're mine. ;)

bizarra
Feb. 18th, 2014 08:32 pm (UTC)
I have found that since RPing (and I generally only RP with three people, unless it's in a public forum like six word stories or the like) that I find it hard to write in the full descriptive manner. I tend to be all dialog anyway, which probably drives Erin nuts. I've never really been that great with description. LOL I also like the back and forth play between the characters when I've got a partner writing with me.

Different techniques work with different people. And I've found I write better in RP. LOL Go figure. :)
kaige68
Feb. 18th, 2014 08:47 pm (UTC)
I've had a few people I can play off of with quick dialog. That is magic when it happens!
haldoor
Feb. 19th, 2014 09:21 am (UTC)
Oh yeah. There are times when even though I have the time, you might say, but somehow the inclination is just not there. Tonight, my light TV night was rather like that. Got home from the girls' YWCA dinner at 7.45 and had 45 mins till TBBT came on, and then nothing after, so I jumped in the shower and then when I got out I just couldn't be bothered to think about writing, so I started watching a DVD instead (which I knew I wouldn't finish before my show started) and naturally, I then had to go back and finish it after the show was over. I'm only here now because the DVD was a docu and not very long, so I figured I could check up on what I needed to do online...

(I will be posting a birthday post before bed, don't worry!)

And yeah, work is sucking the life out of me right now; that and my TV schedule now the new season is up and running. And I know you guys are important, but it's hard to give up shows I like and new ones that look interesting! And tomorrow I'm out for dinner again (such a busy social life) because N1D and her parents are invited to a 'high achievers' dinner again this year after she did so well at her exams last year. :D It's a good thing, but yeah, just another thing to add to my distraction pile.

And I'm working on Sunday morning too...

My blue cocktail would probably be some Shirley Temple one unless the vodka is handy. ;-P
kaige68
Feb. 19th, 2014 04:30 pm (UTC)
Shirley Temples are pink! :P

As to the rest, all I’ve got is *hugs*
haldoor
Feb. 19th, 2014 06:27 pm (UTC)
Which just goes to show how much I know about cocktails (I've led such a sheltered life) but I do know they're alcohol free, which was what I trying to describe! I drink my vodka with ginger ale though, so if you're buying, I'm drinking that. ;-)
kaige68
Feb. 19th, 2014 07:21 pm (UTC)
Add some Blue Curacao and you've got it!
asphaltcowgrrl
Feb. 19th, 2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
This happens to me a LOT. I'm an avid reader and to make matters worse, I'm reviewer as well. I like books. I like short stories. I like fan fiction. I just like words. Sadly, more often than not, they're someone else's. LOL

But in the end, I was once told that to be a good writer you first have to be a good reader. So, if that's true, I've got to be AMAZING. Hahaha.
kaige68
Feb. 20th, 2014 03:58 pm (UTC)
That is an excellent positive spin!!!
asphaltcowgrrl
Feb. 21st, 2014 06:38 pm (UTC)
I'm happy you think so. My high school creative writing teacher told us that... right before he assigned a book report. LOL But I do believe it to be true. :)
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