Monday, November 08, 2004


Okay, it's just another Monday and unfortunately it was difficult enough to write for work today. Hopefully I can complete some NaNoWriMo tonight.

I wanted to point you guys to Hebdomeros, as he posed an interesting question in his post, "Doing the Unstuck" -- how do you get past writer's block? He had some great suggestions.

I didn't have any particularly useful comments for that issue, seeing how I sort of bulldozed my way to the end of one of those two short stories I was struggling with over the weekend. I cut out some language that just felt too incredibly cheesy, and then tacked on an ending I liked -- I don't know, it might be an ending that readers will find to be a cop out, but hey, I think real life is full of cop outs.

Also, check out Maktaaq, as she has begun blogging her novel for NaNoWriMo, and it's a lot of fun.

Write on,



Blogger slidge said...

A long time ago, I wrote a book, which was a satire on violence and pornography based on a time-travelling serial killer (named Ted Bundy, but not the same guy) who is grudgingly forced to save the universe against his will.

At one point I had a bad writer's block. So, what I did was have the characters in the book walk down a hallway and around a corner, where the hallway ended. They then turned around and lo, and behold, a giant block was chasing them.

I figured that since I had written myself into a corner and I was battling a writer's block, I might as well just write them into the book.

Ask MikeJ about it, he read it. I myself don't have any copies of it, but I'm sure I could find one (and as far as I know, its out there on the Internet somewhere).

7:03 PM  
Blogger Hebdomeros said...

Wow, Slidge. I love that image, and like that you worked it into an actual story. Very cool. But then I'm a sucker for meta-fiction.

Thanks for the link, Lady Litblitz. And good luck on NanoWriMo. I'm off to churn out reviews before deadlines hit.

8:44 PM  
Blogger LadyLitBlitzin said...

LOL! That story -- at least Ted Bundy being a time-traveling serial killer -- kind of rings a bell with me... and that bell sound is probably the clinking of cases worth of empty Natty Boh bottles back in the day when we discussed it.

That's too funny, I'll totally have to ask Mike J. if he remembers it. He's also the one who thought my creepy vampire story was porn. :) Apparently we were bouncing a lot of stuff off that poor boy.

Hebdomeros, good luck with your reviews!

10:12 PM  
Blogger Maktaaq said...

Thanks again for the kind words.

I really should finish chapter five...we ripped the walls off one of my bathrooms (mildew problem) so now I am knackered. But must write for at least half an hour (250 words) before I can go to bed.

A vampire porn novel?

1:21 AM  
Blogger LadyLitBlitzin said...

Good Lord, that bathroom task sounds hairy! Good luck with that!

And good luck with the novel!

6:58 PM  
Blogger Maktaaq said...

Did get my 250 words, but tonight nothing, just got home & must go to bed to wake up at 6 AM.

Yes, the second week is the hardest!

1:21 AM  

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