Friday, March 9, 2007

Writing update - a hard week

Writing was pretty hard for me this week. I got virtually nothing done. I feel like the second part of Simon Peter isn't going as well as the first. I'm feeling out of control of the events, as if I'm putting things in just to swell the second part to the length of the first, and I'm feeling as if the drama between the various characters is contrived and unconvincing. I'm trying to buck up. Stephen King (who isn't really an artist I much admire, but he can clearly finish projects) has said that when he feels out of control he just pushes on and that many of this best books have been written this way. So rather than abandon the project - which would be almost insane after 70,000 words of it - I am going to press on. I hope it does work out.

In other news, I'm about to leave for an SCA event. I won't be back until Sunday afternoon, likely, so you won't be seeing any updates until late Sunday or Monday. I already have it written I just won't be here to publish it.

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Brian Dunbar said...

Stephen King (who isn't really an artist I much admire, but he can clearly finish projects)

Boy, can he. I don't think even HE thinks he is an artist but the man can put his shoulder to the wheel and just keep it moving along.

March 9, 2007 7:14 PM  
Krystalline Apostate said...

I like King (though he has diarrhea of the mouth more often than not).
I get writer's block occasionally (you wouldn't know it from my blog, hehehehe), but sometimes the trick is to write something, anything, as long as you produce.
“There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.” - Hemingway

March 12, 2007 1:24 PM  
Chris Bradley said...

krystalline apostate,

My regard for him as cooled. Once I was a quite ardent fan of his but, in the way of former fans, nowadays all I can see are his flaws. Which might well be more of a reflection of me than him. ;)

I am pressing ahead! The weekend away from the computer actually helped immensely. I was able to think about Simon Peter without all the electronic distractions of the household. I got some serious thinking done about my work and have so far not had any trouble putting it into action. And since, during the warmer months, camping is a feature in the Bradley/Traxler household this might work out pretty well.

March 12, 2007 2:09 PM  
Chris Bradley said...


Yeah. If I had his work ethic, I'd have 20 books written instead of 1 and a half. ;)

But I am trying to press on. It's just that some days it is harder than others.

March 12, 2007 2:11 PM  
Brian Dunbar said...

I don't know your situation but I wonder if King's financial situation doesn't have a lot to do with his work ethic?

He grew up poor, was living in a trailer house with a mountain of student aid debt working as (I think) a school teacher.

"Poverty sucks" and can be a great motivator.

March 13, 2007 10:43 AM  
Chris Bradley said...


I dunno. I was raised in a trailer park and I have a mountain of student debt, but that doesn't seem to motivate me to do the creative output of Stephen King. ;)

For a less flippant answer, I don't even know how to judge what is "good" artistic output. It seems that some people have this boundless energy and they can create and create and create. So you have King who writes more in a week than I do in a month -- and you have guys like Baudelaire whose whole output was one (not even particularly thick) book . . . not to mention the legion of novelist-wannabes who never finish even one book. Can one measure the "worth" of King's whole weighty corpus to Baudelaire's one book of poetry? Maybe other people can, but I can't. Some people find creation difficult and some find it easy, and ultimately I feel sufficiently humble not to judge those people who can't quite seem to create things quickly (or at all), or who can't quite seem to get them published or whatever.

March 13, 2007 10:50 AM  
Brian Dunbar said...

I dunno. I was raised in a trailer park and I have a mountain of student debt,

There are trailer parks and there are trailer parks. Back home (Oklahoma and Texas) they're not anyone's first choice but they are not that bad either - some can be quite nice.

Where I am now (Wisconsin) trailer parks are just about the lowest of the low and I've never seen one that wasn't by an airport or industrial park.

Cultural thing? Climate? Dunno but no one would here seems to live there unless they have no other choice.

Just saying. I'll bow out now.

March 13, 2007 3:36 PM  
Chris Bradley said...

As chance would have it, I lived about, uh, 2 blocks from Stephen King's residence in Bangor, Maine!

Yeah, you're right. Where I grew up, Las Vegas, there are also nice trailer parks. In Maine, yeah, they're different and seen as being the places "trailer trash" live. I suspect it's a combination of culture and climate. Maine's climate isn't particularly forgiving and I can only imagine that a trailer would be bitterly cold in wintertime.

March 13, 2007 3:39 PM  

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