Kind of makes me rethink the idea of exuberant imperfection. That of NaNo, which demands words upon words, doesn't exactly work for me. I'm not quite ready to submit. Finishing stuff aside, there's a whole mountain of fear and anxiety to work through, not to mention research, which I'm not ready to tackle yet. The mountain, not the research.
But perhaps I can still apply the philosophy to what I'm doing. Instead of rejection slips, I could use critiques, likes, or even just growing entries on a 'done!' spreadsheet. (Yes, yes, I know I said I'm not doing much with spreadsheets.)
Maybe I don't have to write good words. Maybe I just have to write a whole bunch of really crappy stories.
That's it. That's my goal. I don't want the stress of time boxing, sprinting, or spreadsheets. I'm just going to write, and finish what I write. If I can write a lot, I will. If I can't, I won't. No other pressure.
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Post by Siana Blackwood on Jun 29, 2016 1:30:24 GMT
Well, I've submitted 'The Hero' and 'Children of Light' in the past, and I think 'Blank' is easily as good as either of them. Why not collect a rejection or so for it?
Idea: What about... not a challenge, exactly, but sort of a general aim that if we finish something, it doesn't get consigned to the archives until it's had at least one other person give an opinion on it? Anything at all from posting a snippet on Steve to submitting to a top magazine would count. The only 'rule' is that self-rejection isn't a sufficient reason to abandon a thing.
That is interesting and I know, like a lot of things in life, it is a numbers game. But dang, a hundred times? metaphorically or not, even fives is enough to make you burn your computer, donate your brain to science, and never pick up a writing instrument again.
I guess it's time to plow on again if we want to have a crop of detectable material.
True. My muse is clobbering me over the head with more stuff for my current piece plus ideas for two more projects. Yeah, mine works that way, having to be multi-story (as oppose to multi-tasking) writer.
Siana Blackwood: looking at my wip list with the usual feeling of "I don't even know what happens in these, so how am I supposed to write a summary?"
Apr 4, 2023 7:48:18 GMT
Jᴀy V. Aꜱᴛᴇʀ 💀🐍: You don't have to. I just did mine because I happened to have bullet points I already did. Don't worry about structure or formality, it's just us
Apr 4, 2023 16:48:01 GMT
Jᴀy V. Aꜱᴛᴇʀ 💀🐍: Maybe a list of WIPs but instead of a summary it's one fun fact or one thing you really love about it? Or skip the list and post what you're listening to. Half the point of this place isn't to be strict but to just have fun and interact.
Apr 4, 2023 16:49:28 GMT