So… week 3 entry is finished and posted on brigits_flame and on the brigits_flame assignment page. It’s quite a long piece compared to my other entries to the community partly because of the complexities of the protagonists relationship. I hope I haven’t taken it too lightly or glibly. I have a tendency to get so far through a piece and then rush the ending, especially when I writing to a deadline. This week I struggled with the prompt and didn’t really get going until Friday on any actual writing. Yesterday as mostly spent running around York looking for laptops and netbooks and so most of the actual writing got done late last night and this morning.
I am getting better at writing on demand which is going to be a useful skill though I am still aware of those times when it is necessary to take a step back and think rather than continue staring at the screen. I had a moment like that last night where I just couldn’t get words on to paper/screen. I took a break and I guess my subconscious did its thing as the words flowed much better this morning. I used to only be able to write when I was ‘in the mood’ but now I’m finding I can force that mood by sitting down and writing something. Deadlines help as they give me a welcome kick up the arse but simply sitting down and either editing and expanding a previous piece or just laying some words on the page can really help focus me into a productive writing session.
I also find music helps. Sigur Ros is good as it doesn’t distract me with lyrics, or at least doesn’t distract me with lyrics I can understand. I think the albums I have a in both Icelandic and the band’s own ‘Hopelandic’ language and so I don’t find myself sulking about how good other people’s words are rather than focusing on my own. Nine Inch Nails’ album ‘Ghosts I-IV’ is also good although I currently only have ‘Ghosts I’. It’s purely instrumental and at times both dark and beautiful. I occasionally and rather sdaly also find the soundtrack to World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and good album to write with depending on my mood and the piece concerned. So far no orcs or draenei have turned up in my fiction so it’s not having too much of a detrimental effect on my sanity!