Disclaimer: This is meant to be a funny post, in which you laugh at my pain. I lovez you, guys, but please stop reassuring me.
Disclaimer II: I am a huge CH fan, I like the first season of True Blood, and it led me to the books which I love. She is seriously who we would like to be when we grow up, and if you bash her here, even a little, I will take the vowels out of your comment. Love and kisses Gordon
I was reading Charlaine Harris’s blog, entry of February 21, 2012. Confession: I read Charlaine Harris’s blog when stuff isn’t going so well for me. Let me explain. Charlaine has achieved pretty much everything I want to achieve from the purely professional point of view: her series is vibrant, her books are bestsellers and will remain so for a long time, and she is extremely well regarded as an author by readers and by other authors. But she is still encountering many of the same hurdles every writer encounters and reading her blog makes me feel better. So much of writing is a business of one – for us, two – and occasionally it’s very comforting to know that no, I’m not a freak and the craziness I am going through is normal.
In this latest entry she talks about GR Martin’s Clash of Kings and she says,
I hope every reader tries to find time to get at least one of these in hand this year. If you haven’t read them already, they’re just great, and they’re what so many of us aspire to: writing so vivid that the reader simply can’t put the books down.
This is my current problem in a nutshell. I feel that the current work is lacking in this vivid sharpness. Writing, in its perfect state for me, is one big shiny attempt to impress. I want to cram as much cool stuff into every single scene, so my audience is sitting there like the green aliens from Toy Story and is going, ”
Ooooh! Aaaah!” But wanting it and making it happen is a different story.
I’m kind of the opposite. I don’t procrastinate, I attack each task and get caught in a loop of “it’s not working right” until I pretty much hit that PANIC at the bottom of the image and then follow right along the pattern resulting in “I did 100% of the stuff in 150% of the time and it’s all crap!” I was so inspired by this that I made my own. Enjoy!