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[Crossposted from Facebook, feel free to ignore if you've already seen it there...]

Well into the second week of working on a new short story, and enjoying the writing process more than I have for a long time.

It's taken me eighteen months on sabbatical to get over the deeply ingrained habit of checking every few minutes to see how many words I've written, of feeling anxious that it's taking so long to get through a particular scene, of worrying that my time and effort has been wasted if I end up having to cut some or all of what I've written and start over the next day. Not to mention the voice of my Inner Editor nagging, "That scene is boring! That description is sappy! That conversation doesn't advance the plot! Nobody's going to like this. Give up and write something else."

It's not that I don't care anymore about making progress, or writing the best story I can. I'm just not measuring my work by the same rigid, merciless standards that used to suck away all the pleasure of writing for me. I don't have an outline for this story, just a vague notion of where I want it to end up and a few scattered ideas about how to get there -- and that's fine. I don't know who the audience for this story will be, or where I'm going to publish it once it's finished -- and that's fine, too. I'm writing it because I want to, not for the money or the market or the fear of losing my career if I don't. And that's the best feeling of all.

But it's taken me all this time to get there, because I drove myself so hard for so long, running on fear and guilt and sheer bloodyminded determination, that I couldn't remember how to write any other way.

Creative burnout is a real thing, ladies and gentlemen. Don't let it happen to you.

roses and hedgerows

Sep. 21st, 2017 12:05 am
marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
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So our hero asks one of the students with him about the magical significance of a hedge.

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Wednesday's story!

Sep. 19th, 2017 09:47 pm
murgatroyd666: (von Zinzer Trilobite)
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Happy birthday, Cheyenne! (And stay away from that onion vodka!)

Monday's story!

Sep. 18th, 2017 01:41 am
murgatroyd666: (von Zinzer Oy)
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Pirates! Blackmailers! Smugglers, brigands, and cutthroats! The pillars of the community!

evil and lies and names

Sep. 17th, 2017 02:48 pm
marycatelli: (Galahad)
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The number of circumstances where a character would call himself Evil are kinda limited. Pretty much to adolescent style attempts to shock, and belligerent defiance (I so don't care if you call me Evil that I will call myself it first).

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vignette challenge

Sep. 14th, 2017 10:33 pm
marycatelli: (Default)
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This week's prompt is:

Anyone can join, with a 50-word vignette in the comments. Your vignette does not have to include the prompt term.

My efforts:
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writing challenge

Sep. 14th, 2017 09:55 pm
marycatelli: (Default)
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Another challenge from [personal profile] lindahoyland , listed here.

My efforts:

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training superheroes

Sep. 13th, 2017 10:21 pm
marycatelli: (Default)
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In a world where you could train up to have superpowers -- hero or villain or neither -- where would you train?

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The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 2

Sep. 13th, 2017 09:19 pm
marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
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The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 2  by Rei Tōma

Our heroine's further adventures.

She learns of someone who couldn't go back, the dragon reacts to the village (for the first time), her friend protects her, the other gods still find the whole thing interesting, and more.

Wednesday's story

Sep. 13th, 2017 06:43 am
madfilkentist: Krosp, from Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Foglio. (Krosp)
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The Court of Gears ... where people assault you just to be polite.

random observations

Sep. 12th, 2017 11:37 pm
marycatelli: (Default)
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When kicking loose from writer's block -- when you have no idea what's going to happen next and can't kick it around-- sometimes random generators are useful.

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The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 2

Sep. 12th, 2017 11:18 pm
marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
[personal profile] marycatelli
The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 2 by Christian Gossett

The continuing story -- to the end of the published issues. Spoilers ahead for the earlier volume.

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The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 1

Sep. 12th, 2017 09:26 pm
marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
[personal profile] marycatelli
The Red Star: Deluxe Edition Volume 1 by Christian Gossett

An alternative, magitech-based USSR and a disastrous battle. . .

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Monday's story!

Sep. 11th, 2017 02:16 am
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More exposition ...

Shouldn't that be a briefcase in the second panel?


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