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The Writing Obsession

Sometimes writing feels like play: fun and carefree. Other times it’s as tedious as any job. For me right now, it feels like play. I’ve been meaning to blog for a while on the topic of writing as an obsession.

Over the last week or so, thoughts of my story have been on my mind as I pass through the veil into sleep. So far I haven’t dreamed about The Ageless. That I know of, of course. Used to be that when I had a problem, I’d think about it before bed for a few days, and my subconscious would supply a solution in the morning.

This morning when I woke up, my mind was already on the next scene of my story. Things are happening! Dialog and action came to mind so quickly I had trouble holding on to them long enough to recognize.

Unfortunately, I had to get ready for work (I’m on lunch right now), so no time to write all that down. Tonight…

When most people think of the word obsession, it carries a negative connotation. You shouldn’t be obsessed by anything. But the dictionary defines it as the domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea or desire, or, alternately, the idea or desire itself.

Clearly, my story has become an obsession. Of course I don’t consider that a bad thing. In fact, this is how I used to feel about my writing before I went to college and turned writing from play into work. I’m hoping I can hold into it for a while.

Because writing isn’t all play. Sooner or later, it shifts back into being work. Apparently many authors start feeling somewhat despondent about their stories somewhere between the midpoint and the final climax. Happens to everyone from Neil Gaiman to Brandon Sanderson.

If starts to happen with The Ageless, I hope I’ll be able to regain this heady feeling of obsession. The story knows where it wants to go, and my imagination is just the conduit. Writing is fun!

Changing Gears

Yesterday I worked entirely too much on this website. So last night, in preparation to write today, I:

  • closed all browser windows (I’m a tabaholic)
  • opened my story folder
  • turned my laptop off
  • tried to get a good night’s rest (I love sleep and need eight hours to function)

I’ve found the lure of the Interwebs is strong, so usually when I know I’m going to write, I keep Chrome closed to avoid the distraction. Then while I’m writing, the only time I’ll allow myself to open a broswer is to look up a word in the dictionary.

The last few weeks, I had been working on the subplot of my current project, The Ageless, which you can see on my calendar notes.

However, last week I wrote a chunk of the main plot and finished that part this week. It’s a relatively boring scene (to me as the writer), in which the characters are just moving through the world. But it’s also the first scene with Nyr as the viewpoint character, which made it fun to write and, hopefully, to read.

On Thursday, I wrote about 900 words on that plot line and realized I wouldn’t be able to go any further until I knew what happened in the other plotline. So that’s what I started on today.

To get into the mindset after all my random activities this morning, I tried to listen to an episode of Writing Excuses. That didn’t work out (crazy router / internet connection), so I just dove in and got started. I can do that, but only sometimes.

Got through about 1,200 words on the subplot today, but I was feeling drowsy from a mixture of not sleeping well last night, medicine for my cold, and sitting in the sun, so I had to stop there. I did do a little research and setup for the next part whenever I take up the quill next week. I was a little disappointed I couldn’t go any further, but when I read the same sentence three times, I knew it was definitely quitting time.

So, overall, not too shabby this week. Completed my goal of writing twice (Thursday and today). Came to around 2,100 words.

In other news, if you look around, you’ll see the website is finally past its “first draft” and is starting to look somewhat professional, if I do say so myself. I’ve never worked with CSS before, and it is quite interesting! So much easier to maintain consistency compared to back in the day when I used to handcode the HTML for my old Geocities sites.

I definitely enjoy experimenting and learning through trial and error. In the past couple decades, I’ve taught myself HTML, VBA, and now a smattering of CSS. They are useful skills to have.

Announcement: It’s official! The new name is Worldbinding, with a subtitle of Binding science fiction and fantasy worlds to the page with words.

I wanted to convey the sense of discovery I feel when I’m creating a world or character and it almost seems to already exist, just waiting to be bound into book format. I oftentimes don’t feel so much like a worldbuilder as a worldbinder.

Naturally, I did a couple of weeks’ worth of research before settling on the name. Other possibilities involved the mind’s eye, quills, chronicles, and other ideas revolving around worlds. But there’s not much SEO competition on worldbinding, and as my brother said, it just seems more original. Thanks to all those who provided feedback, advice, and suggestions via personal channels. I promise your names will appear in my first book, even if it’s self-published!

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