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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Writing Wibbles

A couple weeks ago, I hit one of those “I suck, why do I think I can write” phases that is something all writers go through from time to time. (If you haven’t, hang on. You will.) A couple nice reviews, that popped up on Amazon soon after, put me mostly right.

I got myself the rest of the way right by starting The Lost Years and posting the first episode last week. As part of the angst-fest, I got to thinking about some of the writing things I really enjoyed doing—and that included posting the latest episode of a long-running serial every week over a four-year period (two years each for FAR Future and White Pickups). As long as this blog has run, that’s still half its lifetime, right? I wanted to recapture the magic of those days, when I had no pressure except to remember to queue up the next episode and add it to the Tuesday Serial collector.

One of the things I’ve recaptured, something I haven’t done for nearly a year, is writing at least some of the scenes by hand. This is part of next week’s episode; even if you can read it, much will change before it’s officially Episode 3:

If you can read this…

And who knows… when I get it finished, I’ll probably turn it into an eBook and put it on the market. But there’s a lot of writing to be done before I get to that point. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the weekly posts.


  1. My first reaction was "but you've got freaking books out! Good ones!".

    But yeah, I guess it never does end.

    Keep going!

  2. I seem to live in that "I suck, why do I think I can write" bubble.

  3. The I suck and can't write moments always strike when you least expect it. That's why it's good to have friends and writing buddies who are your cheerleaders. Reviews help too. ;)

  4. Katherine, I'm told even A-listers get that. I suppose for them, though, it's translates to "I'm past my prime, I need to retire." I plan to keep going!

    Tony, and I keep wondering why you do. I'm hoping the Grammarian will knock that out of you for a while. ;-)

    Good point, Patricia!

  5. I don't know if those are phases or if they're moods. I think they're moods for me, shabby things that cast over me from time to time and clog up pragmatism and projects. We can't ever let that crap get in the way of doing the work, though, Larry. I'm glad you're soldering on.

  6. Doubting my writing abilities? I do that every time I sit down to write!

    Glad to hear that you're rediscovering the magic of handwritten brainstorming. Almost all of my stories start out as scribbles in my writing book or notes taken on my iphone- phrases and random facts- and then I flesh them out once I start typing. It's a sentimental proces for me and I could see how leaving it and then returning to it would be eye-opening.

  7. John, that's a good way of looking at it. There are plenty of excuses for not writing, but mood shouldn't be one.

    Bev, for me it's more of a phase. Sometimes, the words flow better to paper. Other times, direct to screen. Not sure just what triggers the change.


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