Here we are at Week 187.
I was wondering about writers block. Strangely enough when I thought on this I felt so many memories flooding back. Really strong, vivid memories.
I don’t know why as I’ve never suffered from writers block.
It’ll come to me.
I think every writer can be premature with a story and it finishes before it starts. They have the idea on what they want to do but are overwhelmed. At this time they should think on things to get them through, things like Shakespeare or George Orwell. But this doesn’t always work. It just comes out with no focus on where it should go. Sometimes they don’t even get it near the paper.
All they are left with is a very short and disappointing foreword.
Then there are the writers who have had a brilliant time getting to the idea, they are euphoric and overly stimulated with outside influences and are ready to impress. Everything is going well and then…Nothing.
They try thinking about a Thesaurus they once had but to no avail. They are left feeling apologetic and ashamed.
There is a worse scenario but at least the writers pride is intact. That is having no idea what-so-ever. There is nothing, they are comatose. The only part of them that can work is their hands and they are willing to type but there is nothing else.
Their mind and body shut down and all that is left for them is the next day.
Now as I said, I’ve never suffered writers block. I think there’s one simple reason for that and that is I never think on a story. (You’ve probably noticed!) I’ve always began with a line or a point of view I’ve heard or considered and from there, the words seem to find me and they outline themselves.
Apart from longer works where I need notes and reminders of plot, I tend to write off the cuff. If I had to plan out a short I’d be lost.
That’s why I’m in awe of some of the complexities on some of the stories we receive. The likes of Leila Allison and Tom Sheehan construct very intricate situations which they put across so clearly. There is so much content in their tales but they are as clear as they are in their own heads.
It was actually Leila who got me thinking on this. She commented on a story and wondered if it had been written all the way through. For me that is the only way I can write a short. I may put some question marks if there is something I need to check or exclamation marks when I have written something clumsy. Strangely enough my exclamation mark button could be marketed as a very sensitive condom.
I need to more or less get the story down in one visit. I don’t mind going back to tidy or to maybe expand but the story needs to be there. I’m not sure why I work this way, I suppose there must be some reasoning but I’m fucked if I know!!
So I was wondering if we may have a wee bit of writer input and you would indulge us with your answers to:
1. Do you need to write a story more or less in one go?
2. If you do, why?
3. Or are you able to work on a story over a few days?
We’d all be interested in your thoughts.
And if anyone can tell me why I have a compulsion about completion I’d be very grateful.
Oh I also have a recurring dream about an out of date tin of peaches and Daleks in suspenders. Well it’s only the belt as they don’t have legs. It’s not really an issue but if Jon Pertwee is ever involved, I’ll seek professional help.
OK folks, onto this weeks stories.
We have three established writers, a returning author and a débutante.
Our subjects this week include; Steampunk, banishment, Rwanda, loss and a dream.
As always our initial comments follow.
On Monday, we had a man who is probably the only writer that has a chance of hitting one hundred stories. Mr Tom Sheehan was first up with ‘Pulling Strings.’
‘Weird and quite wonderful.’
‘This was lyrical and smooth – I was hooked.’
‘I’m left with many questions but the journey was worth it.’
Our only new writer this week was showcased on Tuesday. We send our welcome and hope that Ernest O. Ogunyemi enjoys his time on the site and sends us more of his work.
‘Garuka – Please Come Back‘ was next.
‘There’s some beautiful writing in this.’
‘The central story is heartbreaking.’
‘The passion and sadness of this relevant story was overwhelming.’
Roger Ley is a very tenacious contributor who is a gentleman and a joy to work with. He is now on his fifth story for us.
‘Jerry Cornelius (The English Assassin)‘ broke the back of the week.
‘The story captures the Steampunk atmosphere and visuals very well.’
‘This is vivid enough for me to see this in my mind.’
‘I like the idea of a character being re-purposed.’
On Thursday we had the lovely and enigmatic Leila Allison.
Leila’s writing brain always amazes me. Her story ‘Attending The Mote’ was published on Thursday.
‘The titles and ideas were revealed as the story went on.’
‘This without fail is Brilliant!!! It is an honour that Leila found us!’
‘I think that Leila always explores soul, consciousness and conscience, whether intentional or not.’
And we finished off the week with Thomas Elson who is a returning author. He’s took a while to return but it was worth the wait. Let’s hope it’s not so long to his next.
‘Vestigal’ was published on Friday.
‘The inverted logic of loss is well captured.’
‘Grim but very well done.’
‘Surreal! Nice tie in at the end.’
Well that’s us for another week folks.
Wait a minute…
…I’ve just realised where the memories are coming from!