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Friday, January 11, 2013

Resolute

I'm a late bloomer a slow mover despite my long legs which make me appear to be moving around quickly. It takes me forever to get to things, I feel like I have been waiting for something big to happen that will compel me to act and act quickly but it's not really happening. My resolution this year is to finish a couple of major projects that have been hanging around. One is a story about the day my mother died. It's been 15 years and I have multiple drafts, the most recent one I wrote over Thanksgiving break about 3 years ago. I just reread it this morning and I can see where it can be improved. The question that arises for me is when to work on this and when to make it happen. When will I get down to work, when will I stop writing about writing and simply write. Reading the piece is hard, it has flaws, and it is sad for me to read. I think my writing has actually improved a bit in the last few years thanks to this blog and also to all the books I have been reading. I am more critical than I used to be and so I must be careful not to feel like it's all shit and then be left with nothing. Instead I think I have to go piece by piece, word by word and rework it slowly but with an end in mind. If any of you are interested in being a reader, let me know and I will send a draft along for you to read and comment on. Help me out of my writing adolescence. I will get it done and then I can move on to the next project.

4 comments:

Cupcake Murphy said...

Does it make you feel better that every writer feels the same way about (not) writing? I circle around a piece I'm working on for weeks sometimes. If I have a deadline that's torture because I need to just sit my ass down and write. But it is a kind of torture---beautiful torture in a way because you are lucky enough to have the desire to tell your story. Just do it. Write it. FIddle around with it. Put a timer on for an hour (or half hour or two hours!) and be with it. If you think about writing it or not writing it that's a sign TO WRITE IT. Sorry for the sermon. I just relate to your angst.

Cupcake Murphy said...

John Cleese on Creativity:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VShmtsLhkQg

Rowan Moore Seifred said...

Thanks Cupcake. I worked on it for half an hour today, mostly I cried though. Does that count?

Anonymous said...

ah, rowan. i will wait, patiently but with much anticipation, for that great book that i know you are going to write. i'm sure i'm not alone.

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