Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Bloody Writing

Maybe you've heard the quote, from American journalist Gene Fowler, that "Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” I rarely feel like that. I love writing although I do spend an inordinate amount of time avoiding it. Still, today, because of deadlines, both real and self-imposed, I am trying to edit my next book, edit a short story, and write the new novel as well. It is getting a bit much. Just an off day but I do kind of feel like this poor guy at the moment:

Think I'll procrastinate some more. No one wants to clean up all that bloody mess.


At 3:36 PM, Blogger towniebastard said...

Oh thank you...I saw the gif on someone else's website a few months ago and was trying to copy it so I could use it on mine. Now I can just swipe it from you...;)

At 6:56 PM, Blogger Sure b'y said...

Good to know you feel my pain, Craig.

At 10:49 AM, Anonymous vickyth said...

I have a variant - I tear my hair out. Artistic license. Why do people think that the whole process of idea - outline/shape - development - execution is easy? Maybe writers and artists have to stop downplaying the ease of the creative process. Once you're started, it feels easier, but getting to the point where everything has gelled enough to actually put pen/brush to paper/cloth.... one of the most excruciating parts of creating anything.

At 11:04 AM, Blogger Helmut said...

Great gif.

For some reason, I can never get animated gifs to work on blogger.

At 11:23 AM, Blogger Sure b'y said...

Vicky, that hair tearing sounds painful. I think writers actually have it a little easier than visual artists in some ways. I have editing I can do. My motto is "get the clay on the table" and then you can edit out the story that is inside it all. In the days of cut and paste on computers, changes are fairly easy (altough I hate editing my work more than I can say), it is straightforward to make changes. Once you have your artwork done, I imagine it is much harder to make changes so your creative process is much more demanding. And I definitely don't think people realize how much work goes into it in your head before you set to getting it down. I have conversations and scenes in my head for days sometimes before I feel they are ready to come out and I'm sure you feel the same with your work.

At 11:25 AM, Blogger Sure b'y said...

Nancy, I had a lot of trouble getting this gif up. If I recall correctly, Blogger always referred to the gif as .jpg in the html. I think I went in and manually changed the html to say picturename.gif instead of picturename.jpg.

At 11:57 AM, Blogger Scotty said...

Spray Nine is good for getting out bloodstains.

Or so I hear.

At 1:12 PM, Blogger towniebastard said...

I've never minded editing, obviously. I did it for a living for many years. Although, oddly enough, I've never done a formal, post-secondary course on editing or grammar. Even in journalism school.

Often times I just did "what looks right" and I was frequently right. Although I do know people who are almost savants when it comes to grammar. They're kind of scary.

I never minded editing my own stuff. I hate it more when I don't do an edit and I either spot a ton of stupid mistakes or others edit my work and find the ton of stupid mistakes.

Having said that, boy, have I had some rackets with editors about language and style in my writing in the past. Then again, I've had some that probably let me get away with more than I should have...;)

At 1:31 PM, Blogger Sure b'y said...

Scotty, you would be the one to know, wouldn't you?

Craig, I am a fiction writer so my editing pains don't come from just the mechanics of it (although I hate grammar), but from having to change aspects of the story, kill characters, or remove scenes I love. It is also due, in part, to my style of writing. If I get in a good flow, I don't stop for anything. I might use the crappiest word and type or write "[get better word]" or include something in my writing that I need to research and type or write "[check this]". Editing means I have to do all those things I had put off.


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