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  • Nov. 17th, 2006 at 8:58 PM
So, you writerly-type folk out there, just a question for you. Do any of you just have periods where you really don't care about writing? And I don't mean something like writer's block, but really just a serious lack of interest in doing it?

I'm having that right now, and it doesn't feel bad. It just feels like... well, like I'm on hold. Bad time for it, I know, what with the NaNoWriMo thing and all, but I just don't really have the oomph to do it at the moment.

Am I just a beautiful and unique snowflake here with this one?


cathellisen wrote:
Nov. 18th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.

When that happens to me, I find it's time to go recharge my brain with a different form of creativity. Knitting, if that's what it takes. Once I've completed a project, be it a painting or a scarf, I usually start dreaming about my WiPs, and then it's time to return.

king_cool_paul wrote:
Nov. 18th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
I think that may be where I'm at, but at an almost entirely creative-free zone. I seem to bounce back and forth between writing and photography, but at the moment I am completely lacking in any sort of desire to do anything.

I'm sure it'll pass. For now, however, I want to do nothing other than listen to podcasts, play video games, and enjoy the last couple of months before I am officially a daddy.

cathellisen wrote:
Nov. 18th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
Well, I'd say go with it. Maybe that's exactly what you need to do. In a convo with horace_hamster I said that fields need to lie fallow for a reason, and I think that this applies here too.

Enjoy your quiet time with the wench, because...uh, you're only going to get it back when you're in that little retirement villa. ;)
king_cool_paul wrote:
Nov. 18th, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)
Tell me about it! As I'm quite fond of pointing out to people who never ask me, if I'd have had my kid at the same age my parents had me, she'd be moving out in about a year to go to college.

Lord, I'm just getting old ;)

nebulous_blue wrote:
Nov. 18th, 2006 06:03 am (UTC)
getting old?

Anyway, you are not, I repeat, NOT a unique snowflake in this matter (sorry to rain on your unique parade). I scrapped my NaNoWriMo because I've had too much crap thrown at me this month. Not to mention jury duty, of which has limited my access to the internet as well as a computer, and when I do it's supervised. Yay.

Back to the not caring. I haven't written anything good for months. I take that back. I wrote a few poems on Literotica. They were late night ramblings that didn't really work for me, and I got positive feedback on them all. Harumph. And you'd be proud - a couple of them were actually dark, ugly, and not about love or romance. Go me!

I'm in your boat right now. I know I should write. I KNOW I should. But I can't seem to find anything swimming in my noggin that will nudge me to care the least bit. It's actually a bit annoying.

It's midnight and I'm craving pancakes. Fuckin' hell.
king_cool_paul wrote:
Nov. 18th, 2006 09:40 am (UTC)
I've been craving something for days now, and I have no idea what it is. It's driving me nuts.

Ah well. Life's like that ;)
ladycelt wrote:
Nov. 18th, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
[raising hand]

I go through periods like that... I'm in one now. Like you said, a bad place to be with nanowrimo going on, and a fresh publishing contract sitting on my desk. I need to get another manuscript in the can to follow up the one I just sold.
king_cool_paul wrote:
Nov. 18th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
Hell, I need to get another one down as well. Know anybody who needs a Photoshop book? The royalties from the first one have just about dried up, and daddy needs a new pair of shoes.
(no subject) - (Anonymous) - Nov. 19th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
king_cool_paul wrote:
Nov. 19th, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, me too, me too. I go through phases of all sorts like that.

No wonder we get along ;)
meryddian wrote:
Nov. 19th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
Happens all the time.

I was in a recreational writing group (Trek-based) where I wrote every single day for five years. I produced a ton of stuff... but when I quit doing that, I found I didn't have the energy to write daily anymore. I found out I need motivation.

So that's part of the reason I like travel writing; it comes along in spurts post-travelling, and I'm not keeping other people waiting if I don't do it rightthissecond.

But then I beat myself up for not writing in the literature sense more frequently. :)
king_cool_paul wrote:
Nov. 19th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
Hell, I don't really beat myself up anymore for not writing anything serious when I've got time, which is nice. I don't feel much of a sense of obligation over it.

I don't know what that means, other than I'll probably never finish that Great American Novel of mine, ya know?

Such is life!

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