Wednesday, 7 August 2013

What's the point?

It's another first Wednesday, so time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group post (anyone can join - just follow the link.)

I'm not sure that I'm exactly feeling insecure, more sort of bleurgh or phweurr (You know, that noise teenagers make whilst blowing a bit of their flopping fringe in the air.) A general can't be bothered feeling.

Writing takes so long, doesn't it? And editing makes my brain hurt. It'll probably just get rejected anyway even when I've polished it to shiny perfection. So not taking the trouble to sort out the tricky bits, that'd be hard to get just right, doesn't really matter anyway, does it?

The lack of mojo is probably/hopefully temporary. A competition win would sort me out, I reckon. Hmmm, what could I enter?

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Ah, here's a short story competition! I'd only have to write 1,000 words by the end of the year and the prize looks OK. (I don't actually know what a SGD is worth, but 2,000 of them is probably worth having and there's a trophy too) The theme is quantum physics. That's it. I quit.

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  1. sounds like my kind of thing. And 2000 of anything sounds promising

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  2. Hmmm...I am fascinated by quantum physics. But I'm not sure I can twist my interest into an entertaining story.

    Hope your fringe-blowing mood eases soon! :)

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    1. Finding it fascinating is a good start, Linda. I might be fascinated myself if I knew anything about it.

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  3. Lol. It certainly does take a long time. That's been getting me down lately, too. I have a bunch of ideas I want to work on, but it's hard to pick because I know how long it will take to get to all of them!

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    1. That's the trouble, Rachel. Working on one idea means ignoring the others.

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  4. You're so funny Patsy. I'm sure your mojo will return with the next acceptance email. What is quantum physics anyway?

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    1. Um, well it's um, sort of complicated, Maggie. Probably. *shrugs*

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  5. How did it get to be that time of the month already?

    Awesome solution. There's nothing like a competition to get you moving, eh? I think this writing thing is a long process for sure, learning how to do it well, but we do eventually get there--with persistence. Wishing you all the best!

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    1. A bit more persistence might be a good idea, Crystal. I'll try.

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  6. I feel like that at the moment, Patsy. I blame the weather.

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    1. The weather could have a lot to do with it, Frances. It's unsettled so we are too?

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  7. Writing takes ages and the revision even longer and getting published takes years :(

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  8. When I feel a lack of motivation I read. Does that inspire you?

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    1. I love reading, Robin and it does sometimes inspire me. Even when it doesn't do that a good book at least distracts me from my concerns.

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  9. Having seen the number of stories you have published on Alfie Dog, I am at a loss to understand how you qualify for this ISWG at all!

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    1. Ah but I've already written those, Lizy. Now I have to write something else ...

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  10. That noise is the one that Bonnie makes when she flops down on the floor after I've told her she'll have to wait for her walk.

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  11. We've all been there, Patsy. My recipe for a disappearing mojo is to sit quietly for five minutes (well, maybe just two minutes ) and then high tail it to the fridge in the hope that I've left some wine for emergencies such as this. Rx

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    1. That sounds like a pretty good plan, Rena. Cheers!

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  12. Writing does take so very long! I can't imagine anyone doing it unless it was out of love LOL.

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    1. That's true, Karen and I do love it - when it's going well!

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  13. Patsy, I can't picture you ever being down about anything! Go enter something, you'll feel better.

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    1. Yeah, that's what I need to do, Alex. I'll have to find a competition with a theme I understand first, but there must be some of those about.

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  14. I feel like that sometimes, but you just have to focus on the books you've published so far and how fantastic it feels to finish them. Seeing other people reading them, that's the point :-)

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    1. It's true I have written things people have enjoyed reading, Annalisa. I'll try to do it again.

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  15. It does take a long time, sorry you have lost your mojo. I'm sure it will return real soon, a competition win would certainly be a boast. Good luck.

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  16. (((((Hugs)))) honey, I know EXACTLY what you mean, but hey, look at all the stuff you HAVE done :)

    Xx

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    1. Yeah and I'm sure I've felt like this before and got over it, Vikki.

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  17. I have dips like that all the time - I'm sure once you get stuck into the middle of a new exciting story the mojo will re-appear (and a competition win is always the best kind of motivator!!)

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    1. A win or acceptance would help a lot right now, Vikki.

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  18. Patsy, yes! Readers have loved you before and would love your stories again. So there!

    Nas

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    1. Thanks, Nas. I could almost feel you giving me a poke in the ribs there.

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  19. LOL, quantum physics? I have no idea what that is.

    I can relate to lack of mojo.

    Keep faith.
    xoRobyn

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    1. Thanks, Robyn. I think I might have to look up quantum physics, even if it's just so I know what I don't know about.

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  20. Ah, that mojo depletion is a terrible thing. Take a break. Go walk in the sunlight. But don't quit. You started the story for a reason (other than to get published). Now finish it for the same reason.

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    1. I don't think I could quit entirely, Lynda. Maybe that's a good sign?

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  21. Rev up your engine. NanoWriMo starts in November. Somehow having that deadline keeps me moving. I just sold my 2009 Nano Novel. So I feel good about it. Haven't an idea in my head for this year, but that's never stopped me before.
    Write on! (after a nap or maybe a look at Dr. Who...
    Susan

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    1. Oh, congratulations on the sale, Susan! I don't intend doing NaNo this year as I hope to have my first draft close to finished by then. Maybe I should use it as a deadline?

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  22. Sometimes I find it can help to have a short break and give yourself a chance to miss writing. You'll return to it with renewed passion.

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    1. I don't really want to take a Joanna - so maybe my mojo isn't really so far away?

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  23. What's tough about quantum physics? Surely you've heard of Schrodinger's cat?

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    1. Keith, is that the one that's in the box and because we can't see if it's breathing then it's both dead and alive? I'm not convinced. Cats like boxes and often get in them - they very rarely come out as zombies.

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  24. I know you are joking Patsy - I bet your entry is already in the post. :-)

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    1. I wasn't serious about quitting, Maria and have sent something off since I wrote the post - it's nothing to do with quantum physics though!

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  25. Oh Patsy, hope you are feeling more positive again soon. Keep writing whatever...
    What an odd short story competition - since I live with two engineering geeks who often sound like the cast of 'The Big Bang Theory' maybe I should pay more attention to their peculiar dinner conversations. I could get the inspiration for a story ...

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  26. I have those days too, as I imagine we all have. Hope you get that win soon, Patsy!

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  27. LOL Quantum physics. My brain doesn't bend in that direction. It must for a lot of people. Try it and then your themes would go like a breeze. Ha

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    1. It's good our brains work differently though I think, Manzanita. It'd be dull if we all thought the same things, wouldn't it?

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  28. Hi Patsy, you're Patsy Collins, no... Davies, and I don't think you've lost your mojo at all, you must be joking. I've got your stories to prove it, Up the Garden Path is what I'm going to be reading as soon as I've taken some pictures of my lovely flowers.

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    1. The mojo seems to have returned, Suzy. I look forward to seeing your pictures.

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  29. I'm like Linda G above. I'm fascinated by quantum physics and I don't plan to do a damn thing about it.

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  30. I been asking that a lot, meself, these days. Just can't nail the tales!

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