Monday, August 9, 2010

What's your greatest writing vice?

Mine? This and sites in general. A book (other than my own). There are many, many, many reasons that I can come up with to not write/revise/polish/repeat. So what got me thinking about this topic?

I am a busy writing person. I have a critique group that requires 2 chapter reads a week. I have a critique partner (Hi!) that I critique a couple of chapters a week. And also, I have a few people that request that I read/edit for them. This weekend, alone, I critiqued around 60,000 words--all while my parents were in town! So, explain to me exactly why I am unable to edit MY work in that quick of an amount of time?

Laziness? Probably.

Fear? Definitely.

But ya wanna know the real issue here? (And I am betting my favorite pair of 7's that you are the same way. ) The issue is that I am unable to see my work objectively. And I do not mean, that I think my work is fantastic and therefore cannot see the weeds. Oh no, I see lots and lots of weeds. So many so that I spray killer on my work to death and then have to back away carefully to keep from inhaling the fumes! My current MS took twice as long to revise/edit as it did to write. Perhaps this is normal, even expected, but I do not do well with "normal." :) I prefer efficiency and productivity.

This is my place to reveal that I want to finish my current revision by Friday of this week. If I am able to post success then you will know that I have not been active on any sites, checked out any online sales, and definitely (scouts honor or whatever they do) haven't watched my Tivo'd Top Chef from last week. I am setting a goal.

5 comments:

  1. My website has turned into my greatest vice. I get up (and will soon be losing alot of the free time I've had as school is starting back) and plan to plot out my novel.

    But then I end up marketing the website for two hours, and since it's something I enjoy, makes it a very good out when I'm tired of trying to create a story.

    So that, and Facebook. It's the devil you know.

    theBrad (verla tag)

    bradmouth.com

    www.facebook.com/bradmouth

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  2. Writing vices, I have PLENTY of them. I do admit blogging and Twitter can sometimes derail my progress. I don't have a Facebook page because I know that it would probably be too addictive.

    But I hear you with the objective thing. But don't be too hard on yourself. Sometimes it really does take twice as long to revise as draft.

    Good luck on the revision!

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  3. Brad - I cannot imagine launching a full website while trying to plot out a new novel. You must be exhausted! But, the artsy side of me would love to build a website from scratch. My background is in graphics so I've worked with Dreamweaver a bit and could totally get absorbed in it if I allowed myself.

    Karen - Yes, Brad is right, Facebook is the devil. I force myself to stay away and then when I log in I have a zillion messages and two zillion friend requests - all from people that I do not know. I then find myself wondering how they know to request me?! :) Too funny. I swear I only know twenty people yet my FB would suggest otherwise!

    I am definitely too hard on myself. Part of it is the day job. I have to make sure my clients' training manuals, marketing materials, and etc. are flawless so I can't seem to turn the editorial eye off when I am looking at my work. (Though I manage quite nicely on here! Typos for everyone!) :)

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  4. This is so similar to my most recent post!! I think there's something in the air...

    It's amazing how many things there are to do INSTEAD of writing/revising. Sometimes I just want to go to a cabin in the woods with no phone, internet, or other people for miles.

    ...then I think that sounds really scary, like in a Misery kind of way...

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  5. Madam - Haha! As soon as I read your comment on the cabin I thought - "Nope, I'm way too big of a chicken for that!" Then I read your next line! :)

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