I really don’t want to get into another post about why I’m not getting much writing done. I’ve resisted the temptation many times and hence why politics seems to be dominating my musings at the moment. There’s nothing much to say in terms of writing other than thoughts on why I’m not and how frustrated I am.
It occurred to me the other day whilst browsing the threads on the Absolute Write Water Cooler that spending so much on writing forums is some how convincing myself that I’m still in the writing loop. Writing forums does not mean writing.
Also, I’ve noticed a trend that isn’t helping me get words down. Most of the talk on these forums is regarding writing mechanics, which POV to use, how to be published etc. but even amongst these technically obsessed posts, they always mention that the story is key. It’s not that I don’t know how to write. I keep saying that I don’t have a clear idea of what to write. And so being in discussions about the technical aspects isn’t getting me any closer to a storyline.
The only smidgen of writing I did was when Uncle Jim, one of the heroes of Absolute Write, told me I wasn’t allowed to come back on the forum until I wrote 250 words. Ten minutes later, I was back online with 250 words in my belt. I did it by going to Write Stuff and picking on of their ‘Bright Stuff prompts.’ It wasn’t a full story and it wasn’t brilliant, but it was writing. I should try it again sometime.
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