Writing to write

In which I ruminate on my failure as a novelist.

Vintage style typewriter for writing

I have a continual process of checking and reposting old pieces of writing, I am constantly discovering new ways to say what I thought I had said but did not do it very clearly. Added to this it is always nice to resurrect an old post from archive oblivion.

As I was going through last winter’s posts I discovered my feeble attempt at NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and was embarrassed by:

This was the point in which I gave up trying to be a writer and jus to be happy as someone who wrote.

When it comes to the question “what do you do when you’re writing” my answer is simple. I do the rest of my life. I go to work and mess around with spreadsheets and then I come home and play at husband and father. Throughout the day I have a few moments where I can spend some time to myself, and in these moments I get to do stuff I consider fun or interesting.

These moments can happen during my morning commute or the hour I have at night while Mrs G is doing her schoolwork. I can either spend it reading the internet or by picking up a games controller. Sometimes I will start typing on a keyboard.

I don’t have a way of resetting and returning to writing as it is not an activity that is my number one priority. It is my gardening or yoga, a hobby I partake in to relax. This is why I failed at NaNoWriMo, I don’t want an interest to become a chore. When it becomes too much like work it isn’t as fun.

I’ve made an attempt this year (after three years of trying) to complete a whole year of the Daily Prompt posts and have managed to surpass my previous record of three weeks. Where as I made a concerted effort to post as soon as the topic du jour was released this time I have just aimed to get it done by midnight.

By doing this I get more balance in my writing, it doesn’t become a job and I don’t have to have done 400 words by lunchtime. It makes me happy to be someone who writes and not be a writer.

Author: Daddysaurus

Ah, so you worked out the riddle. You just needed to use dwarfish and the doors to Geek Ergo Sum opened. Or perhaps you just used Google. Either way you are here, on my little corner of the Internet.

9 thoughts on “Writing to write”

  1. Lately, I’ve been feeling the same in the way where I enjoy writing less and less, and it becomes a chore. I think it comes from overthinking—and overthinking everything. How could I possibly achieve my dream of becoming an author by not meeting certain standards? What if I never achieve it at all? I suppose it was a realisation that I realises this doesn’t help at all, and that for now I need to focus on more important things, like completing my degree. That has helped a lot, and I do have more time to dedicate to other things, like working on my novel or short stories I want to submit to magazines. With the pressure to make everything perfect, and make everything happen all at once—though sometimes it still makes a visit every now and then—I feel a lot more at ease. Plus, this post has reminded me to not be so hard on myself, and write because that is the one thing that calms me, what I love to do.

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    1. I think the important thing about doing something you love is not to do it in a way that makes you hate it. Mrs G had the same issue with being a writer, and it caused her to not write because she didn’t want to feel bad about writing.

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    1. I have no interest in washing the dishes, therefore that is a chore. This is how I try to live my life, if I enjoy something I don’t for it to become too serious that I can no longer enjoy it. I get too competitive at sports and take defeat too hard so I don’t do it too often because I lose the enjoyment.

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    1. I think to be a serious writer you have to have a certain ability to shut yourself off from others and be willing to have people tell you exactly what is wrong with your writing. In the end I do this for fun so I don’t worry about either of these criteria. The Daily Prompt is a great way to decide if you want to write or not.

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