Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Open Thread, What I Hate About My Process

This thread over at Nancy Pickard's blog got me thinking about all the little things about my writing process that drive me around the bend. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do, but sometimes how I do it crazy-making. Here's the one I mentioned over there:

The fact that the first third of a book takes me four times as long to write as the last third drives me crazy. Likewise the fact that I can write like a demon for three weeks and then have to sit still and do nothing for a month followed be three more weeks of demon but only a week break after that one and no idea what will be which this morning.

I'm not going to complain too much because my process got a whole lot faster about three years ago, but it still drives me to distraction that I don't have more control over it.

So, what about you, dear reader? What part of your process makes you want to tear your hair?


Michael Damian Thomas said...

I wish that I could write during Caitlin emergencies. I just can't concentrate after she has a big seizure.

I also wish that I could remember how much I enjoy writing when I’m getting ready to do it.

Kelly McCullough said...

Ooh, I really like that second point, Michael. I have the same dratted issue.

The first is a major bummer but not at all atypical. Big emotional stress is a stopper for most writers. I'm pretty much a freak on that one in that I find writing a refuge even from the worst stressors because it gives me one place in my life where I can exert real control no matter what else is happening.

Eleanor said...

I hate the slowness and the self-doubt.

Eleanor said...

I'm really enjoying the story I'm writing right now. But I think Patrick is right. It's unsellable.

^JR^ said...

What bugs me about my process my habit of visualizing the ending shortly after I come up with the idea and not deviating from that light that I put at the end of the tunnel. Whatever I write has to work toward THAT ending and I just seem unwilling to try find a different path to a different goal, if that makes any sense.

My short stories tend to end on what I call an 'Oh Sh*t' moment. Once I find that moment, it seems to be locked in and I get tunnel vision.

I hate it because I'm sure I've missed out on other more creative, effective, and (maybe) better possibilities.


^JR^ said...

There should be an 'is' in that first sentence :(