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That gurl ain't right in the head

Ever since I got an actual copy of my book, I've been editing whenever I have the time (and remember to).
I realize that one of the reasons I'm so ashamed of my writing is because it's very plain. It doesn't really have much flair...and I'm not sure if that's a major flaw, or if it's just my style of writing. If I tried to make a conscious effort to add more sweeping flourishes while writing, I'd never get done with anything. For me, it really feels like the driving force in my writing is concept. Not necessarily the overall concept, but more so the smaller ones that add up to create the larger ones.
Sometimes when I'm editing, I'll come across a sentence or paragraph that makes me cringe and think, "how the hell did I ever think that was coherent?"
But then sometimes I'll find an idea in there that makes me say, "how the hell did I come up with that?? It's actually kinda...good."
It's interesting how things fall into place. Like, how easy it is to put something really random and seemingly inconsequential in a scene and then you realize that it could be part of a major plot point and it scares you that your subconscious can put things together in such an odd way. R-right?

Also, I changed my hair again. I don't mind saying that my new hue(s) is pretty darn cool. I think I would like to share a picture or two tomorrow when I can photograph in the daylight.

Also, while doing research for a speech, I discovered that I still have a form of OCD. I'd always thought that the symptoms I have were just left over from the full-blown OCD (like, residual or something), but it turns out they consider it to be a whole different form of OCD. Huh...interesting. My case seems to be extremely mild and infrequent, so it's not like I'm going to rush myself back to my psychiatrist's office. It's just good for me to know that I still do have a mental disorder. Oh lawd, my family is so mentally fuckededed up it's not even funny. Well, okay, it kinda is.



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Feb. 17th, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC)
Is this your NaNoWriMo story you're talking about? Because from what I read, I thought your concepts were indeed very good (sometimes even brilliant! mwa ha!), and while I was reading I got the sense that these ideas were just constantly flowing straight out of your head, and I admired that. And every piece of writing needs editing afterwards, that's what editors are for! So don't feel ashamed. It takes a while to develop your own style or voice. It might come through while you write, or you might even discover it while you're editing, but don't feel ashamed because you think your writing is plain. I've read plain writing, and your writing is NOT plain. Keep following your driving force whenever you write, because I think that's working for you.

And if I sound like I've got this whole writing thing figured out, I don't -- I'm still trying to find a definitive style and voice, too. I have a vague idea of what I want it to be, but I know I haven't quite captured it yet. Like I said, it takes a while.
Feb. 18th, 2006 06:41 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the advice! That's really helpful, coming from another writer.

Yeah, I think that most people can develop a writing style they're proud of so long as they keep writing and don't give up.
Feb. 17th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
I haven't read your writing (apart from journal posts) so it's hard to comment, but I wouldn't be ashamed either. Writing is totally subjective like art, and what's pleasing to one person isn't to another. And like art, you get better the more you work at it. I also think working hard to be something you're not is a waste of energy. Go with your strengths (boy this is sounding pretty cliched, huh?)

Just from reading your journal, I think you have very amusing ideas and observations. : )

Also can't wait to see teh hair.
Feb. 18th, 2006 05:21 am (UTC)
Aw, that's pretty much what I said in the foreword! Art is subjective, and writing is like an art form and...yes.
Feb. 17th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
YAY Roxies head is an unnatural color! YAY!
Feb. 18th, 2006 06:41 am (UTC)
Feb. 20th, 2006 05:49 am (UTC)
If it weren't for those mental problems, I probably wouldn't exist!
Feb. 20th, 2006 09:17 am (UTC)
Yeah...thank god for that...:/
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