obsession

Sep. 20th, 2013 06:28 pm
anotheranon: (ifo)
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I am working on A Project(TM).

Some of y'all already know about this but for those who don't: Through a combination of self-teaching, practice, and online/in person classes, I'm learning creative writing.

The main impetus for this is because I am seized with an idea for an original work of fiction. I don't know what it will turn into, but right now I'm focusing on writing something I want to read - what to do with it will come later.

It's a work of historical fiction, so this necessarily means a lot of research, and I am LOVING it! So much to know, such a complicated timeline - I know I'm going to have to break the historical reality to make the story work but I want to have enough info to know exactly where I'm deviating.

I have often marveled at my friends who are already published/recognized for their work (be it writing or something else) and wondered where their persistence to see a project through to the end came from. I think it was Shem who told me once that "obsession helps", and while I have always made stuff this is the first time I've really understood what it is to be in that kind of intellectual "grip".*

So if I fall silent it's because I'm hip-deep in notes and timelines and writing mini-projects.

*Unless you count fencing as a creative act. It sort of is and I'm still plenty obsessed, but it's not the same thing to me.

Date: 2013-09-21 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jlsjlsjls.livejournal.com
Oh, obsession makes all the difference! ;-)

Date: 2013-09-22 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hrj.livejournal.com
Obsession, yes, but you've already mentioned the thing I would emphasize. If the goal of your writing is to write something you want to read, then that gives you a guiding start and the motivation to keep plugging away.

Date: 2013-09-24 02:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anotheranon.livejournal.com
Thank you. I'm trying to stay focused on the "story I want to read" aspect because the historical reality I'm mining is so dense that it would be very tempting to throw in so much detail that not only do I get overwhelmed, but the story would get lost. And I know that if I want to make anything of this I will have to stick with it for the long haul, especially as the narrative I want is very far over my current abilities. This will be a lot of work.

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