On Writing…

I am part of a writing group here in town – or at least nominally so.  I’ve only been to a couple of the events.  Regardless, a member of the group posted the following questions on the groups’s Facebook page and I wanted to answer them.  Mostly to find out the answers myself!

1) What am I working on/writing? 

If we’re playing fast and loose with the term “working on” there are two things.  One is ostensibly a work in progress called Abdication of the Fourth. It’s sort of a Buffy meets Death Takes a Holiday kind of deal and the story is still very much in its earliest larva stages.  By the time it’s done (if it gets done – I tend to get distracted by other things) it may look entirely different.

The second work is tentatively titled  Marten and is a fictional take on the life of a boy of aboriginal ancestry who has no connection with his family or culture but it still manages to affect him.  How does the homeless native man on the street get there? Why does not belonging hurt so much? How can you miss what you never had?

2) How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre? 

The funny thing about this is, I’m not sure which genre I really write.  I mean, clearly it’s fiction.  Sometimes it’s fantasyesque (like Abdication….), other times it’s just “General Fiction”, which sounds kind of boring, and sometimes it’s even poetry.  I often wish I was more Genre specific because then I could pin down my potential audience more easily.

3) Why do I write what I do? 

I have never not been writing.  From the moment I could form letters I was writing in thin elementary school notebooks.  I wanted to write so badly I used to steal the notebooks from my grade one class and bring them home so I had something to write my stories in.  Driven to thievery by my desperation to write, lol.

But it’s always been a simple function of an idea that plants itself in my brain and won’t let go until it’s exorcised.  Which sounds awesome & dramatic but sadly I don’t get good ideas very often.  Most writers lament the fact that they have ‘too many ideas’.  This is not a problem for me, alas.

4) How does my writing process work? 

I have no process, nothing formalized anyway.  It’s as simple as opening up a notebook or my laptop or sitting down at my desk.  Most of the time I’ll have music or TV or something going in the background, and I’ll write until the latest scene I’m obsessing over is on paper.  Or when I’ve reached my word goal.  If I’m really unmotivated I’ll use Dr. Wicked’s Write or Die.  And if I’m seriously unmotivated I just won’t write.  Because I have no self-discipline.  I’m working on that, however.


So, writerly types, how would you answer these questions?

Motivate Me!

So, clearly I have fallen off the wagon regarding my new years resolutions/habits/hopes/whathaveyou. I’m pretty okay with that, actually.  There weren’t a lot of super important items on that list, and frankly with the way things have been the last few months I’m definitely willing to give myself a break.

The very dark cloud that settle over me a few months ago seems to be dissipating, but that’s not without a lot of tools and work, and still things aren’t 100% good.  I mean, things are _fine_ but that’s pretty much all they are.

The main problem seems to be my complete lack of desire/will/energy to do anything. I often curl up in my favourite arm-chair for 3 or 4 days at a time, dressed in sweats and a tank top. and just…live there.  I haven’t been able to make my social commitments, not with other people, not even for things that I was just planning on doing by myself.  In fact I’m worse at the things I was going to do by myself.

And it has to change.  There’s only so much time one can spend as an unwashed lump in the arm-chair.  I’ve even slept there more nights than I have in my bed recently.  That’s just sad.

My GP has given my the name of an online tool she thinks may be able to help me.  I have the name of a book to read, the name of a psychologist and the (sigh) meds.  I see a personal trainer for exercise, I volunteer (although both those may end soon), my toolbox is clearly very full.  Something’s gotta stick.

Oh one other neat thing I’ve discovered is HabitRPG – a website/app to “gameify your life”.  It assigns you points based on daily activities, habits you want to build, To Do lists, etc.  Sadly I have died multiple times and my highest level so far is level 3, but it is surprisingly motivating.  Let’s hope it kicks in before I meld with the furniture.

What do you do to keep yourself motivated? Tips or tricks?