Yesterday was a bust! I was about halfway into writing my blog when the power went out. It was off most of the day – oh joy. They are building a new firehouse just up the road and for the past two weeks, you can count on the power going out for a while. AFter the one yesterday however, there were many sirens. Not sure what happened, but then family life and “mom” responsibilities, well it was time for my webinar, and then before you know it, it was ten p.m. and I was tired.
So this morning I’m playing catch up, in addition to the catching up from the weekend, in addition to a half-dozen other things.
I finished three informative articles about the Civil War, the Underground Railroad, and the Emancipation Proclamation. Writing nonfiction is definitely a different animal than fiction writing. One of my writing friend’s suggested a site called I Write Like. Ever the curious one, I had to submit my samples to see who I write like.
I don’t know about y’all but I think this is totally weird. For my informative essays and articles – I ran three of them – it says I write like H.P. Lovecraft. When I was in college, I read everything that Lovecraft ever wrote. I also read everything Poe wrote, and the same for Stephen King as a couple of classes were about Horror and Science fiction. Of course I read a lot about mythology as well.
For my humor pieces, it said I write like Cory Doctorow. I had to look who that was up on Wikipedia. Interesting, if not a bit quirky. Well, I suppose that does make sense now that I think about it.
Ah, but for my passion, my fiction writing it varied depending on the scene, and which WIP I submitted from. The comparisons I got were Anne Rice; Isaac Asimov, and I find this one to be the most interesting J.K. Rowling. Now, if you’ve paid any attention to the last few bogs, you’ll understand my observation. I have never read anything by Rowling although I do respect her as a writer. I won’t go into the whole Potter thing again, it’s just too tiring. I will have to say, I am very intrigued by her new release.
I’ve read Anne Rice, and Asimov, but hadn’t read any of Rowling’s work. I was intrigued as I don’t have a single vampire in my story, no one named Lestat, and no child vampires. I didn’t see any similarities in fantastic worlds that I’d read by Asimov, or the deep mega-mind introspection I admired in his work.
To me, those three authors are distinctly different. So of course being the “curious kitten” as my dad always called me, I made a trip to the library and checked me out some books. There are surprising similarities, and yes, technically you can say I caved in and I am reading Harry Potter. I’m only a short way into it, but since I started it I feel compelled to complete it. I’m a little weird that way.
As interesting as this information gathering is however it does nothing to advance my writing. I can’t blame it on writer’s block because honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced that – not that I want to! I am contemplating a series of blogs about procrastination and avoidance techniques. 1001 ways to Avoid Writing! Of course I could probably make it 10,000 ways. Why is it that I do these things to avoid doing the very thing I want to do?
For further delay I ran across a couple of blog posts that addressed the same issue of distractions.
I’ll let Michael Mayerhofer in “Advice to Writers: Stay Home” conclude:
So, again, here’s my not-so-humble advice: stay home. Don’t call anyone. Don’t text. Don’t update your Facebook status to say what you’re reading, or how many thousands of words you’re going to write today. Just leave your ego in a shoe box, sit down, and read. And write. And if you look down at your first draft and think it’s golden—well, you’re wrong.
Can’t argue with that! So, I close out my pages, and shut the computer off. this computer that is, the one that has internet access. I open my laptop and bring up my WIP, Kiss of the Dragon. It’s almost like a rendezvous in private as I slip away without the distractions of the internet, the phone is on silent, the answering machine is on, and I’m not answering the door. I need a big sign to post somewhere “The writer is IN!”
It’s good when the muse shows up anxious to play with my pet dragons. Write on!