Day 4 of the September Flash Blast

And what have I learned? Mostly that writing this way isn’t for me. Or more accurately, writing this way and then showing it to someone isn’t for me.

I can write a first draft very quickly. That’s how I normally do it. But then I don’t show it to people in the state it’s in 75 minutes after I started it. I put it aside for a bit and then I revise it. The last 4 days have not changed my mind away from that being a great idea.

My better stories are written quickly, but they’re not called done in an hour and fifteen. Considering the first two stories I sent were called, by the same person, incomprehensible (both stories after three reads, no less), and the third I sent with one character named James who later became Lawrence, I should not send anything out that quickly. Bad mistake the name thing, yes, but he’s referred to as James once in the first paragraph and then Lawrence/Larry the rest of the time. Confusing, sure, but not impossibly so. Calling him Larry added extra confusion because apparently it comes as a shock to some that Larry is short for Lawrence? I have no idea. Given these things, clearly the rush of it and I don’t mix. Good on those that do well with it; that’s just apparently not me.

Still, it’s been fun, and I got some new stories out of the mix, for what they’re worth (which I think isn’t much). I haven’t decided if I’ll continue next week, but I do hate to stop something once I’ve started.

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  1. September 5th, 2011 | Milo James Fowler says:

    You are one brave soul. I can’t even read my early drafts out loud without suddenly being overcome by self-loathing and despair.

  2. September 5th, 2011 | Liz says:

    Oh, please stay in Shelley. Your criticism is truly helpful. Plus, there was nothing wrong with those stories! Every story needs tweaking. I haven’t seen one yet, that knocks my socks off. And I completely stink! I actually e-mailed Alex and said I thought I was far too new to this process, only having ever written 3000 words, and felt I was a real burden to the rest of you. His response was the same advice I’ll give you. Keep writing, keep posting and don’t worry about anything else. I believe everyone is missing the point of this month’s activities. It is merely to train the right brain to put pieces of the unknown together quickly, without thought or any left brain editing. No one gives a s**t about how well it’s written, at least not Alex or myself. I think there’s a little roughness going on because of the silly promise of publication. I’ve been ripped new orifices on some of my stuff. Just remember, no matter how bad you think it is – my pieces are 10x worse. 🙂

    Just write, post,and hell, don’t even bother to look at the critiques. You’ll get just as much out of it.

  3. September 5th, 2011 | Shelley says:

    Hey Liz,

    Thanks. I don’t care about the crits. I can take just about anything in that regard and let it roll off my back. I can even argue with Alex, be wrong, and not feel demoralized. 😉 It’s more that it’s slipping from “Hey, this is kind of fun” to “Oh god, again?” and desperate looks at the clock, racing to come up with something. It’s feeling unnatural and forced more with each story, more an exercise in timed stress than anything, which is exactly what it shouldn’t be.

    I haven’t given up yet. It could be that the last two days I’ve just been supremely tired, busy and stressed and that’s affecting how I see everything (not just this). I know myself well enough to know this could be the case.

  4. September 5th, 2011 | Liz says:

    Yeah, I totally get that. Sorry you’re stressed. I can’t wait till the critiques roll off my back, but I’m getting better. By the end of the month my ego shall be nicely calloused. My problem is my left brain is jumping in now to edit before being written, as the stuff I’ve written from the gut as been pretty well abused. It’s getting more difficult to utilize the right brain, rather than easier. C’est la vie!

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