Monday, December 18, 2006


A Writer's Realization

(And speaking of writer's angst...) So where was I? Ah yes, resting after finishing a story within one week.

Though I meant it as a joke in an earlier post, I was serious about feeling like a bloody addict after I finished. Three days since I last submitted my piece, I still feel like opening a word file and working, working, working-- whether it's a new story or one I've already started.

Ironically, that's how I managed to finish my last story (my unfortunate try at a magic realism story). A few days after I decided to work on an unfinished piece as my submission, I decided to change to another story because I wouldn't hack out the details of the first one. I finished the rewrites and revisions of that story in one day; by the next day, I thought the story requirements didn't fit that particular story so I went back to my first story. By now, there was only one day 'til the deadline but it didn't matter as I finished the story a few minutes before midnight.

Despite the loss of that one day, the changeover helped because it got me moving over the story-bumps I was having, akin to shooting barako coffee direct into your vein (not that I've tried that, of course). I suppose what I'm felt then (and what I'm feeling now) is something like a caffeine rush after drinking coffee. It's quite an exhilarating rush actually and I can see why some writers keep at it despite the hardships involved.

Alas, I expect this 'high' won't last long with time, work and the real world set to bring me down. Still, it's nice to know that something is really true: that the best way to solve a writing problem is to write.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean about magical realism. It was my litcritter submission for December and it nearly killed me. Seriously. K8 (wife to alex, we met at the book launch)

banzai cat said...

hi k8! Great to hear from again! Yea, that magical realism was a killer. I mentioned the same to andrew and I barely managed to finish it. Arrgh. ;-)

Der Fuhrer said...

heh. but it still kicks ass.

banzai cat said...

Oh, which one? The one above? Nup, that ain't it. It was something else I did for the submission. :-)

Der Fuhrer said...

magical realism I mean. heheh

Anonymous said...

hmm...i dunno. despite Jeff VanderMeer calling his stuff 'magical realism', am real iffy about the term and its applications...i *totally* love 'kitchen sink gothic' though. just don't ask me to explain it.

banzai cat said...

fuhrer: Heh. ;-)

skinny: He does? Why? Are talking about City and Saints here? And what the hell is kitchen gothic? Someone who uses steak knives for piercings?