Focus

I’ve gotten too used to multitasking. While I am playing a game I am always spending time during loading screens doing something else. While I am watching something I am either playing, reading, or writing. While I am doing this, I am always doing that. I have gotten used to my reality being always doing…

Fear of the First Draft

I have talked about writing woes many times before. I have various roadblocks and difficulties, but this one is something that happens often. My fear, dread, and hatred for my first drafts. The problem with this particular roadblock is that it doesn’t stop me from writing. I will still write and get a decent number…

Feeling Like I’ve Lost My Space

For me having the right space to write in is very important. I need to feel like I can disconnect from everything else and really lose myself in the process. Lately, for longer than I can really tolerate, I feel like I’ve completely lost my space. It’s rare that I am totally on my own…

One Project

So there are a lot of things wrong with me as a writer. I use drinking as too much of a crutch when it comes to writing. I get lazy and inconsistent about how much I write. I beat myself up and end up just not bothering because I’ve already convinced myself I can’t. One…

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

I think I can’t write so I can’t write. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy, so many of them are. The more you tell yourself a certain outcome is going to happen, the more you drive it that way. I tell myself over and over that I can’t write. I delete drafts because they suck, and I…

Obsessing Over Word Count

What constitutes a full day of work in the creative world works differently than a large number of other jobs. When I worked in an office a good day was based on how much paperwork I got done. When I worked in retail a full day was really just showing up and being there for…

The Highs and Lows of a Great Idea

So my sister finished reading this draft of my novel and we got to talking. She had some solid suggestions, but our conversation snowballed. As a direct result, I had decided to change a large number of things. On the one hand this is great. It has me really excited to push forward with this…

The Drinking Crutch

The idea of writers being drunks is hardly new, hardly unknown. In fact it’s well known that many of our most beloved author’s often drank themselves into oblivion (even death). It’s also known that drinking can in fact help the creative process. The problem is it’s become such a crutch for me lately. Lately is…

Writing Fast

Lately I’ve been noticing a disturbing trend. I am ashamed to say it’s one that has been impacting me for awhile, despite my just now realizing it. I have been writing fast, not well, fast. It has become a bragging point to me that I can quickly turn out posts for my sites, and cram…