I’m writing what seems like is going to be a longer story than usual, perhaps the longest story I’ve written thus far. I’m sure of it. I’m forcing myself to write, and finding that some of the blips that I write will fit well with other blips to get a story. It’s hard finding things to write about sometimes, but the ideas are really all there, but you have to get to the computer, or typewriter, to ever find out if they’re there, or just to get them out really. So many times I feel uninspired–I don’t have anything to put down today, and it’s those things that are keeping me wordless.
Neil Gaiman said if you don’t write only when you’re inspired, you may be a great poet, but you’ll never be a novelist. It was something like that. That’s what keeps me going–things like that. That quote meant a lot to me, and other writing quotes are so inspirational. They make it all mystical, magical, and rational, and you need all of them. For some writers it’s something magical. I find it to be a more rational thing–sitting down writing until what’s really on your mind, eating you up, gets down on paper, or in a Word doc. Let it flow down now. You can decide what it means, or what it’s for later. That’s what I think I’m doing with the short story collection I’ve been working on (hoping to get it all done by the end of the year, which I’ve made similar statements of hopes before). There are a lot of sketches, and I want to know what people think of writing sketches, or vignettes. Tell me, please. The book will have some sketches in it, because I have to face it–not everything I put down becomes a story. Sometimes I get it out, and it’s got no gas left to fuel anything more, or there’s nothing else I want to form for it to be anything else, that I like it just the way it is, and it doesn’t have a plot or fleshed out characterization. I don’t know how else to explain something like that, but that’s the way things are working right now. The stories I have written thus far that’ll go into this short story collection (don’t worry, I’ll keep updating my progress) are stories because I wanted them to be, resolutely, and they suffered through several drafts and shots at my ego from valuable friend/writer opinions.
So, back to that story. It’s going to be a longer one, and I’m having fun putting the pieces together.