Thursday, February 16, 2017

"I Have to CREATE!" vs. Discipline

Quite often, I see posts asking why writers write and the answer usually comes back with "I JUST HAVE TO! I HAVE TO CREATE!" While I understand that urge--I have it myself--that's not true, at least not all of the time.

First, who is a writer? Do you write school reports? Blog posts? Books or stories? Tech reports? Anything at all? Congrats, you're a writer!

From the examples listed above, you can tell that I consider anyone who writes a writer, even if they have to do it for an assignment or job. While some jobs or reports may tap into creativity, more often than not they require discipline to complete, especially as a person may not be especially inspired to write a paper on what mitochondria is and what it does for the body. (But they might be; I'm not judging.)

So, let's narrow it down to writers who write fiction. Many times, writers will answer this question with "I just gotta create!" and that's great. However, there are a lot of people who choose not to write their fiction stories down and simply dream of writing the great American novel. Thus, discipline is needed to sit down and actually write. The creative impulse is important to get the whole process going, but... it's discipline which enables you to actually get it done. On the other hand, there are writers out there who write by the numbers books to just get a paycheck. Yes, there's still the creative spark present, but it's more rote, with less drive other than "I wanna get paid".

Hence, I think both are important. Without the spark of creativity, your stories will probably seem like anything else in its genre without anything really new to add. Yet without discipline, you'll never get the story out. The answer for me for the "Why do you write?" question is pretty easy: I want to and I have the time to.

Just random musings while I'm waiting to go home from work, heh.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Burn Out?

I've been having a hard time focusing this week on writing. I did, however, manage to get another short out (hurray!) and work some on the next Delilah Devilshot as well as another... but I still just can't focus. I'm writing at the same time every day. I know what's going to happen. I have no problems once I get started, yet my attention drifts every time I turn to write. Is this burn out? My mind keeps making up stories, so I don't think so.

It could be interest level. Now the Witches of Back End was a cute little series, but it wasn't something I threw my heart and soul into, and that's ok. It's fine to write a quick little sexy tale and not have it mean anything more. However, I just don't think that's my thing. When I'm working on something I love--like Villainess or Delilah--I live, eat, and breathe it every day until it's done. My mind keeps working overtime to think up twists or characters or what-have-you. With the last couple Witches shorts, I've had to double down on my drive and focus, making myself write. I could leave it unfinished, but... well, who am I kidding? No, I couldn't. I can't leave stories like that unfinished. It just... wouldn't be right. They may not be the deepest stories in the land, but it'll be whole and complete.

I've written in my writing forecast that I plan on doing two JKC inbetween each "big" work after the Witches series is done, and I will until it's finished. Again, I know where it's going and I have a plot, I just have to work up some motivation for it. What started out as light and funny and silly erotica turned serious, which I didn't mean it to be. I have to make a concentrated effort to return it to something lighter and sillier and hopefully funnier.

Some things are just easier for me to write. Horror, blood, drama... all these are easy. Lightness takes effort and work. I think more than being "burned out" or interest, I think I just have to work harder at making a quality product. It's worth the effort.