Daily Archives: November 11, 2009

Contradiction and Complications

It occurred to me, after reading a comment by sophierom  (who has a lovely blog about writing), that my last two posts might seem to be contradictory. In one, I claim to have no “muse,” and in the other, I talk about inspiration. Nothing exists in a vacuum. The bits of “inspiration” that get chucked into my writing are the things influencing me at the moment. And sometimes those bits aren’t what should be influencing the work.

I guess the upshot of the one post is that I prefer that writing have an minimum amount of mysticism attached to it. The heart of the fiction process is very difficult to quantify, but that doesn’t make it less work.

But, later, coming back and reading what I have produced, I am unable to detect the difference between what came easily and when I had to sit down and say, “Well, now it’s writing time and now I’ll write.”
~Frank Herbert

Eric has further thoughts on process: BlogWriMo: Some Complications. He is infinitely better at quantifying.

One of the things he touches on is the work that goes into collaboration. I often feel like I’m cheating with the way Eric and I do things. He provides the plots, the “high-end” elements. I do the writing; trying to make it look pretty without worrying (too much) about where the story’s going. But I forget about how much work it is to have someone else involved in the process. What I write isn’t exactly Eric’s vision of things, and even if his communication with me was perfect, what comes out is still an amalgamation.

There’s is also, as Eric mentioned, the task of getting and keeping me interested in a project. It takes me a while to sink into a project and sometimes (like the case of an earlier Alterverse incarnation) by the time I do, Eric’s interest has waned. Sometimes, he really has to sell the idea.

NaNo is going fairly well, I suppose. I’ve been wandering a little plot-wise and Eric is zeroing in on things that are going to need work world-building-wise. My schedule has been hairy, as expected. Saturday was Casey’s second annual pig roast/tailgating event which went of without a hitch and was quite enjoyable. A much needed break/change. I had built up some padding on my word count which was perfect. Now I’m keeping pace and will use the next few days to build up padding again in anticipation of league finals, etc.