I’ll Come Running Back To You

Listening to: I’ll Come Running Back to You by Sam Cooke

Writers know the importance of giving their literature a rest. The author and his/her writing are in a relationship that needs to breathe like any other. I’ve broken up with numerous stories, but I never actually throw them in the trash. On the off chance that one day I’ll rethink my decision, I’ll keep that first paragraph or idea map somewhere safe where I can remember it if need be.

Never throw out your writing.

Leaving your writing alone, on purpose:

It was December of last year, not more than 5 months ago, when I took the initiative to write my first not-assigned short story. It went well and it went quickly. My second story, however, encountered  difficulties. It wasn’t structured, the character wasn’t likable (spelling: likeable?),  and it lacked voice (among other things). So I left the script alone for a good couple weeks and the time allowed me to forget the 800-some words I had written. I returned to my writing and started revising. I repeated that process a few times and before I knew it, I had myself story no.2!

Leaving your writing alone, by accident:

So, you want abandon your story? Fine. Do so. Put it aside and forget about it… for months, years, forever? Maybe it will be a long time. But as your writing skills improve and your person grows, your abilities will change. Re-approaching your story after this transition can do your writing a lot of good. Sometimes I honestly think I’ll never return to a story and then a couple months later, I’m rummaging through old files and suddenly I’ll see those two paragraphs in a new, and more positive, light. I know I definitely have more unfinished projects than I do finished ones and I wouldn’t want that bulk of writing to be wasted when it could turn out to be my masterpiece later on.

However! If you’re tight on space and/or are a minimalist, then consider yourself the exception to my rule.


Tagging Trouble

My last post was not tagged, and that’s a problem I want to put an end to.

I’ve been browsing a variety of literary blogs and I see all these writers with such accurate, specific tag names and I’m just dumbfounded. It should be simple, but my perfectionism, which comes and goes, is currently at its peak and is not letting me do this the easy way.

Really, the creation of tags should be something that you do along the way because who can foresee what you’ll be writing about in a week or in a month? But I want to create at least 10 tags right now as I’m feeling kind of antsy about the whole thing.

Some tags I’ve seen that I’ve liked (and will be stealing):

Process, Craft, Writing Tips, Lit Business, Research, Inspiration

Some tags that I’ll think I’ll use (or have used):

1. Setting

2. Plot and Synopsis

3. Character

4. Work-In-Progress (or should I use Projects?)

5. Recommendations (which would include novels, magazines, websites, blogs, etc)

6. Rejection/Submission (or should these be separated?)

7. Voice

8. Beginnings/Endings

9. Proofreading and Rewriting

10. Blogging Issues

A Whole New World

Listening to: A Whole New World by Peabo Bryson from the Aladdin Movie Soundtrack

I’d like to start off new. It doesn’t mean that I’m leaving behind my “Personal Philosophies” project, only that I’m moving forward and not dwindling on the past. With time, I figure I’ll have a fresher perspective and better skills and by then philosophy won’t seem so difficult.

My first post — which was supposed to be my only post — has been erased… by me and on purpose. It was poorly written and unnecessarily lengthy.  It didn’t even deserve to be called a first draft, that’s how sloppy it was. So I’m starting anew =)

This blog will have a mission and goals and expectations. I’m probably not going to fulfill any of those, but I will give my best and try my hardest.

Mission Statement in Brief

To write a blog about writing. To write in order to practice and celebrate my own writing. Hopefully get some feedback and constructive criticism on my writing. To review the writing of others. To create a catalog of tips and suggestions I have found elsewhere and ideas I have come up with on my own.

Goals and Expectations

1. Post Regularly: Consistency is important to me because it something I lack and something I strive for. I want blogging, writing, journaling, reading — I want these to be my habits. I’d like to say that I’m one of those people that NEEDS to read and write, but I’m not. I could easily go days with just food and TV, and I would hate myself for it. So posting at least every week, hopefully every day, will be a goal for me.

2. Write Interesting Things: Seems like an obvious enough goal. Comments, questions, and general feedback would be much appreciated and I realize that it’s not going to happen unless I post useful, interesting entries.

3. Focus on the Literary World: As much as I could go into my personal life, I’d rather not. Normally, I have no boundaries. Discussing family scandal and personal failure with complete strangers seems to be my favorite pass-time.  But, alas, it a bad one to have. And since it is “A Whole New World” I figure this is as good a time as any to try to change my ways. I will try my best to avoid personal rants and raves.

4. Make a Commitment: I’d like to continue writing this blog for a minimum of one year. April 2nd 2010 to April 2nd 2011. Let’s see if I make it.

The Only Post of 2009

April 2nd, 2010: Trying to re-write a terrible philosophy paper.

I realized today that my “Only Post of 2009” was a disastrous attempt at writing out all my philosophical beliefs. I deleted the blog post and edited down most of the original document. This post is an April 2nd post and May 17 can bite me. Trying to re-write this paper is no easy feat. It turns out Philosophy can be quite trying. I’ve barely started but it’s looking like this project is going to take more than just 24 hours.

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