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I was genuinely attempting National Novel Writing Month this year with a brand new idea involving a steampunk version of the Lohengrin legend.  Then, a freak accident occurring exactly two weeks ago landed me in the Emergency Room with a broken ankle.  I’ve gotten to wear a cam boot for the better part of two weeks and out of work.  I gave up on Nano with the overwhelming depression coupled with the staggering feeling of being useless.  I’ve spent the time idling away on Internet surfing, moping, and video games.

Meanwhile, I have my second story for my Creative Writing class due and I am hurriedly trying to finish it as well as trying to find a way to solve the initial problems.  Though, this third attempt gave me two previous story ideas I might try at a later day.  But it always fun to dapple in one’s own fantasy world, is it not?

The poetry I mentioned posting is at a standstill.  I don’t have the energy or the will to format it properly.  I’m feeling itchy and uncomfortable and annoyed but such is the way when I am in a rut.

My foot hurts me constantly and I just want to go back to work.  But I fear that I won’t be able to for longer than expected.

But I’ve been writing, whatever little progress it is.  On my main project, I’ve reached over 46,000 words which I realize isn’t much when you think to pass Nano you have to reach 50,000.  But I am determined, as always.

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So in my numbing schedule of work-eat-sleep-repeat, I’ve managed to exhaust my muse for my 2011 Nano story, thus enabling me to pick back up on my fantasy project.  To do so, I decided to read the 35,000+ words I have so far, starting from the beginning.

My reaction to my work was utter disappointment.  I’ve stopped myself from reading it after suffering through about a quarter of it.  It’s crap. I think so.  I have no idea what made me think it was brilliant to begin with, other than the concept.  I’ve told my friends as such–who have utterly lied to me about its supposed greatness–and they cannot seem to fathom my sudden vehemence with my own work.  They still insist on this nonexistence genius.  I cannot, will not believe it.

Once I consider, though, I realize, it’s not bad, not by any means.  Just, when reading it, I realized how I could make it ten times better.  I don’t know if that stems from my habitual habit of being vastly too critical of myself, wanting to always improve, or if it’s normal for any writer to always look at something they’ve written and just have this urge to make it better, that it could be better.  Probably a mixture of both.

It is understandable, then, you see, for me to be so frustrated that once I’ve finally figured a way out of a fictional dead end with certain mechanics of fictional magic, I am now filled with this fiery, insatiable need to rewrite at least half of my 35,000+ words.  Rewrite or serious editing.  I keep telling myself that the latter half is written much neater and needs no such attention.  But, who am I kidding?  Might as well rewrite the entire thing!

This is why I never see progress.  I think it’s somewhat odd though.  With my 2011 Nano entry, I never/have not felt as though it needed to be rewritten.  If anything, I feel as though I should retain that style and continuously express it with other things.  My problem was and is, however, the actual art of retaining it.  I am stuck, stuck I say.  And this perpetual state of exhaustion and grumpiness from being partially employed does not aid in this conundrum either.

I end with this article I chanced upon to help your writing not become as stagnant as mine.  These writing tips I have seen essentially with any other tip sheet for writers.  Even though I do not entirely agree with these continuously expressed guidelines for writing, I do like how the author explained each point.  So here’s, the 10 Mistakes’ List.  Also, the image above does not belong to me, neither does the quote expressed inside of it.  Both are from A Knight’s Tale, and I took the liberty of editing it into one convenient photo for gawking.

“The first draft of anything is shit.”  — Ernest Hemingway

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I did not work today.  Today, I finished some laundry, sat down, and wrote.  It was a very nice experience, and in one sitting I managed to furiously type out 2,437 words without getting up.  Also, mind you, this was straight typing.  Normally when I write, it’s by hand in a college-ruled composition notebook, all of which I am forced to type later for digital preservation.  Instead, this time I went directly to my laptop.

What I wrote, though, was not my original fantasy project I’ve been working on since February (of which, I am at 34,583 words).  The one I worked on today was an incomplete National Novel Writing Month entry from this past November (I got to about 16,000 words), post-apocalyptic based off one of my favorite video games.  Last night, I was putting some things on my replacement Kindle, one of which was said Nano project.  I converted a file to PDF, transferred it over and did some reading before I went to bed.  Strangely enough, I was hooked on that old-ish writing style.  There was something I really enjoyed about that particularly piece.  It was detailed yet brief.  And I like that.  I’ve began to abhor overly-complicated details.

Yet, in essence, the piece is fanfiction.  I’ve written my share of fanfiction, of course, but I’ve tried veering towards the more original as of late.  I’ve felt that fanfiction gets me no where in the realm of writing.  I want to finally establish myself as a writer, and to do that, I must write my own things that I can publish with my name.  My name.

I don’t have anything against fanfiction and I see nothing wrong with the whole concept of fanfiction.  But, I’ve grown tired of it.  It got to the point where I have more and more ideas for original things, and fanfiction was distracting me.  I didn’t have time for original things.  Well, now it feels as though I don’t have time for either, but nevertheless.

What separates this piece from the typical fanfiction is because it’s different.  I say so.  I create my own characters, my own situations.  Really, I only use the backdrop of the setting.  I like Wastelands.  And, besides, it got me writing again, which I’ve been stalled on for the past few weeks.  I need to exhaust this creative tank before I can fully pick up on my serious project.  This is fun and it got me writing.  I am not going to complain.

Now, to work on my reading.  I said before how I was going to do book reviews.  And I will.  Eventually.  I just need to read books.  The current book I am reading is A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.  I’m only a few chapters in and I can tell its brilliant.  My next book is Changeling by Philippa Gregory, who I’ve always enjoyed as an author.  I plan to do reviews on some of Amanda Hocking’s things as well.  It’s a diverse selection.

And, as much I will probably regret it, I’m going to do something, a whole thing with Fifty Shades of Grey, just for the sake of doing.  I’ll be adding some comparisons and thoughts to Twilight but I am not going to write a full review for Twilight or any of its sequels.  I’ve exhausted that enough (I’ll elaborate this in the future).  Perhaps I’ll do a separate review on Meyer’s The Host.  Also, I need to read Paolini’s  Inheritance eventually.  I’ve been following that series for God knows how long now.

Also, I’ve been thinking about expanding the readership of this blog, so I briefly—briefly, mind you looked at Blogaholic Social Network and apparently there’s a difference between Author/Writer blogs and Book Blogs.  Also, I’ve also briefly considered making a different blog for more casual points.  Who knows?  I’m going to bed now.

The photograph above is not mine.

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