The Writerly Habit

This blog is about my struggles to get into the habit of writing regularly.

Howdy

Ok, so I haven't gotten any writing done in a few days. So sue me, I've been on a very early shift and going to the shop all night to get ready for an art show in October. I do clay work and acrylic painting. This is a three day weekend for me though so I am going to set a goal of five, count 'em five, pages each day. That's fifteen total. I need to get my brain off of writing atrophy. If I'm a good kid I'll get my writing sample done for my Digimemo and dig out that Writing Erotica book I was supposed to lend my sister. Speaking of erotica, the http://www.erotica-readers.com/, is the best website I have found for aspiring authors in this genre. It's got a lot of articles and an extensive up to date listing of calls for submissions. Check it out if that's your bag baby.

Anyway, I've got to go let Bunny out (my Yorkie that does nothing but sleep) and make some vegetarian chili for my man. Rock on.

BTW - this was my last day of getting up at the butt-crack (hmm...is that hyphenated?) of dawn. Huzzah for later shifts.

The Elements of Style


I was at Borders the other day and was happy to see that they released a new illustrated version of The Elements of Style by William Strunk. Interesting enough, I never noticed E.B. White was listed as an author on this too...as in Charlotte's Web? I would assume so, how many E.B. Whites are there running around anyhow.

Anyway, the artwork is fun and serves to break up the book a little bit. This really isn't a book that's made to be read straight through. More of a flip through/reference book. No writer's library should be without it.

Woot for Writing Group!

Ok, so my writing group met tonight. I managed to get two solid pages in which is fantastic for me lately. I find it's easier when I do my morning pages (see The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron). It kind of loosens me up, but I haven't done them for a while. This week I'm training a new supervisor so it's a little hard to work the time in. I don't know about you but my ass isn't getting out of bed an hour early. I'm a night owl...I do my best work in the wee hours of the night when I should be in bed. With this new day shift though, I don't really have a peak time. I'm tired all of the time. I know, would I like some cheese to go with that whine...I actually just had some. This going back to veganism is pretty hard.

Anywho, I didn't work on the prompt tonight. Instead I worked on a fantasy story I was going to do for NaNoWriMo last year. It's actually been in my head for a while. I have a beautiful leather journal filled (my wonderful fiance bought me) with worldbuilding maps, descriptions, etc. for the main character's homeland. Might be time to dust it off and finish it up. I didn't use it for NaNoWriMo because I have high expectations for the story. I should, it's been living in my head for several years. That doesn't bode well with the type of writing in NaNoWriMo. I think I will write a fantasy story for the official one this year. I think fantasy is my best genre, but I dread writing it because I always think it's trite and formulaic. With NaNoWriMo I can just go for it. Then I'll know for sure how I truly feel about the genre.

I'm starting to get a little loopy. I'm working an early a.m. shift this week since the morning sup is on vacation. It's kicking my ass. I have to take "sleep aids" (read knock off Nytol) just so I can get to sleep at 10:00. Totally sucks, I can't wait until the week is over and I can go back to my semi-regular schedule. I took the pills at 8:00 and I'm a little drowsy. Guess I should've waited a little longer. Oh well, I could use the extra sleep. I ordered Nightmares and Dreamscapes today, the miniseries that is. I caught part of it on vacation in New Jersey last year and have wanted to see it since. I love Stephen King.

Well that's it from me tonight. I'll add some links into this once I'm back on my pc (posted this on my Mac).

I know, I suck

I haven't gotten any writing done since my last post. So what have I been doing? Working mostly. Besides that, I've spent my free time watching television. That's right, that infernal contraption. If it wasn't tv it be something else, like YouTube. I don't want to work on that prompt. I don't really want to work on anything for that matter. I just want to take a nap. Maybe things will get easier once I get used to working a day shift...

Workin' On It

So I started working on the prompt for The First Line. I got three pages done before I had to go to bed. I know, three pages whoopee. But it's a lot more than say...none. I don't much like the first line...maybe that's the real test, having to work around it. I don't know, it's just not that inspiring. Then again, if I sit around waiting to be inspired, I'd only be writing once or twice a year. I just never get truly inspired. I never have such a strong idea I have to run to my computer and hammer away at the keys like a madwoman until it's drained from me. Whatever, that only happens in movies or to the clinically insane. Maybe that's just jealousy talking.

Well, I'm going to sign off for the evening. Hopefully I'll get some more writing done tonight before bed. In the meantime I hear some Haagen Dazs calling.

BTW - NaNoWriMo now has an email notification. If you sign up they'll send you a reminder when registration begins.

Behold the DigiMemo Cometh



Ok, so the DigiMemo arrived today. I was really excited, my Sister had one so I already understood the awesomeness of it. I got the 8 1/2 x 11, it holds a standard size pad and is more of the size I am used to. It's so nice. I was able to use an SD card in it so I don't even have to worry about plugging it into my laptop. I'm going to use it for NaNoWriMo. Last year, I found hand writing to be my preferred method but typing everything in at the end of the night took a lot of time. Now I don't have to worry about it. I'm going to take it to work tomorrow and bust out some hardcore writing (I hope). On a side note, I got absolutely no writing done at my writing group this evening. It turned into a bitchfest for all of us, but it was tons of fun. The only thing missing was a cold beer.
BTW - If you want the DigiMemo to convert your handwriting to typed text, you have to buy the $35 software.

Rejection

Here it is, for all the world to see:

Thank you for submitting your story to us for the upcoming anthology on Drag Kings from Suspect Thoughts Press. Unfortunately, we are unable to include your story in the anthology.

We wish you the best of luck in your writing endeavors.


Short, sweet, and to the point. Mind you I was writing a bit outside of my area of expertise. I'm not a drag king and have never known a drag king. I had really hoped to have an actual letter, something on letterhead with a stiff off-white envelope. Something I could hold in my hand but alas, I got an email. I guess I was dreamily thinking of Stephen King's experience from On Writing. He had a nail in the wall that he would impale his rejection letters on, he later upgraded to a spike. That's all for now, I must change into my call center suit and head to the office.

How Do?

So I started this blog called the writerly habit even though I don't have one. At least not yet. I have a bookshelf full of writing books but only a few notebooks filled in my lifetime. Usually, I get a new blank book and only write on a couple of pages before casting it aside. It's sad really, I'll do anything to keep from writing. I use the excuse that reading about it is just as good. It really isn't.

So far, I only have one submission under my belt. I also have the lovely email rejection "letter" that went along with it. Of course I did send them an SASE...wonder what happened to my stamp? Did they sell the whole lot of them and move to Tahiti? Possible. Come to think of it, I have that on my other computer. I'll post that here tomorrow.

I did NaNoWriMo last year, it was an unofficial one in with my friends/family. After that I took a Creative Writing course at the local community college. I got a few excellent pieces out of it but ran out of steam towards the end. I got a great review of my portfolio from my teacher, but even this didn't stop me from entering creative hell. I haven't written anything since my class. Well, that's not entirely true. I've written a few pages but I haven't completed anything. That's why I started this blog, to post my struggles with developing the writerly habit.

So what am I currently up to? Not much, waiting for my DigiMemo to come in on Tuesday. It's a sweet notepad that will convert my writing into typed text. It's another magic cure that I think will help me write regularly. Hopefully I stay fascinated with it long enough to get some real work done. I want to use it for the official NaNoWriMo this November. In the meantime, I am working on a prompt for The First Line. By working on it, I mean I've managed to write the prompt in my notebook. I feel so accomplished.