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Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Writing Life

I have been busy busy busy. Child-rearing, vacationing, and dealing with a household of sick people, with only the occasional time-out to read something fun.

However, I've been writing consistently, which has been something that I've wanted to do for a long time.

My big enemy is perfectionism. It's a nasty beast. It prevents me from writing:

"But how do I start?"
"It won't be any good."
"It's going to be so much work to make it even passable! Why bother?"

Then, when I actually do produce something, it cries in its whiny voice:

"Oh, these characters aren't realistic at all."
"This writing is slack," followed by, "Now it's so brief you can't tell what's going on!"
"Gah, how booooring! No one's even gonna read this to the end!"
"Are you serious?! Even Mister Troll writes better than this! A freakin' troll!"

But I've been getting past it lately. I've been able to do this sporadically in the past, but never for this long of a stretch. It's nice to finally give that little internal critic the kick in the teeth he deserves.

Still, he may be right on some of those things. I'm not the perfect writer. But that's okay.

Just gotta keep telling myself that.

As Mister Troll has told you, I've been putting a lot of my time into my new project, Iron & Ash. I'm happy to say that I'm proud of it. It won't be everyone's favorite, but I hope it appeals to some of you. It's an experiment for me in multiple ways. Not only is it long-form serialized fiction in blog format (an exciting new style for me), but there's plenty of writing there that pushes me into scary territory, makes me uncomfortable. I'm pushing my boundaries on this one, trying not to over-sanitize everything (something I tend to do with this site, which makes the writing more difficult in some ways). And I'm happy to say that it contains some of my best work to date.

If you're interested, go check out Iron & Ash. Be sure to start at the beginning if you want to catch the whole story.

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