So yeah it’s been pretty much forever since I posted at all here. No excuses, just life being life. I’m re-working some things that have seemed to morph and made it’s own way because it can and doesn’t give a shit what I think or want.
So that’s something.
Life has changed a lot for me. I got married which was great, my wife and I suffered a loss last October. I still wont talk about that here or on any social media platform, I probably won’t ever.
Anyway, talk to you when I can. Thanks for being here, and reading.
I think for me the worst thing as a writer is to not have your work seen. Im not talking about publishing, although lets all pretty much face it if you’re a writer you want to be published. I pretty much send my work to people I know, who give me solid feed back, I also trust them to not rip my guts out.
But aside from those few people and maybe 5 magazines that ive submitted to that’s been it.
So im resolving to send out more of my work. But its really long form. 1,000’s of words, not flash fiction. But short fiction, and flash fiction is getting more traction it seems. So im considering doing some flash stories, just to see if I can condence. But im not sure ill be any good at it.
Lots has been changing with the project I’m on which has been great. Kind of revitalized it.
Loss has always been a big part of my writing. Loss comes in every shape and size you can think of. From the death of someone you loved, not being able to find your car keys, loss of your society. My process has always been this: Okay so the character has lost X and Y so now where are they at? Who are they going to be because of that? How is the loss going to affect them? And then effect the story that is playing out?
Music plays a gigantic part in my process. I’m usually listening to something when I’m working. But lately as I’ve been working it’s been a few albums or even songs that have helped me create kind of a creative flow to surf on.
I’m on Pandora.com at http://www.pandora.com/profile/wshonchell
Stadium Arcadium: Red Hot Chilli Peppers
There’s a lot of stuff on this 2 disk album, and I love nearly all of it.
Ten: Pearl Jam
I fell in love with these guys in 1992 when I was a kid and I still follow them today. Terrific music and it still gets me and can take me back to some pretty interesting places in my life. Ten was the rawest thing I’d ever heard from an emotional standpoint, and some songs on there can still tear me up.
I also listen to these little musical podcasts that (One of the best comic writers in history if you ask me) Warren Ellis does every so often. It’s called SPEKTRMODULE, and it’s great ambient music for trying to clear your head while you’re working. You can find it on his website warrenellis.com. Also Warren does a terrific email based bloggy thing called morning.computer. It’s great too.
Fits and Starts
Fits and starts. That’s how I write. I write when its ready, like a pot of coffee. I sit there and I try to conjure something, anything. A sentence, a paragraph, a page, a coherent thought, a rough idea of a direction.
Today I wrote. Today was a good day. Today I wrote with no plan of any sort, I just knew my characters, and a slight idea of where I wanted to take them. I wrote over 15 pages. I’m not trying to brag. I haven’t gotten that much out in a long while. All I did was wake early, did what I needed to do to clear the decks, I opened my notebook to a blank page and it came. Tomorrow I will try the same practice and see if I get the same result. Who knows?
All I know is today was a good day.
Reading, watching movies, following a few blogs, listening to music all the time. Trying to stir the cauldron of whatever is swirling and churning to see what will rise to the surface. Always digging.
P.S: the next day I got 19 pages. Then a four day dry spell, then six more pages. You never know.
Hey guys this is something I am attending. A great friend of mine is running it, and she’s a freaking genius!
Artifact Writing Workshop
Wednesdays, May 14 through June 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
For ages 17 and up
Instructor: Laurel Radzieski
This exercise-based workshop encourages participants to explore new territories and topics within their writing. Unearth and create artifacts and texts. Prompts will emphasize content over the specifications of form, and we will wander into various genres. Be prepared to focus on the creation of new works and at least one cumulative project. New and former students welcome. Suitable for all levels of experience. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 to register.
So I think I know what my biggest problem in writing is (Next to Self Doubt, Getting Sidetracked, Getting Blocked, and Not knowing how the hell to write Sci-Fi without it all sounding like Star Wars).
I think my biggest problem is that I will get down about 50-60 pages, which for me is a big accomplishment. I dunno about you guys. But then I’ll start to just develop the Who, What, When, Where, and why and I’ll start to feel really good about what I’m writing. But then I’ll get up that particular mountain, and then I hit this wall. I don’t get blocked per-say, but I get there and I have ZERO IDEA OF WHAT I’M GOING TO DO NEXT!!! I pretty much write by the seat of my pants, I’ll get an idea or a concept and it will flow like mad, and at a certain point I don’t know what happens but I feel like I run out of gas, and then I feel weird and empty and I pull away from it. Like I just found my hamster dead or something.
I don’t know. I Burned through I kid you not somewhere like 15 pages yesterday (Two Different Ideas mind you, one was 11pgs, and one was 4pgs) and then on both of them it peatered out. I think I may have some more ideas for the one, but nothing more solid than a few loose ideas.
Maybe I’m over reacting, I don’t know.
Anyone else have this issue?
More stuff about my own personal writing process shortly, maybe this week if I’m reasonably lucky.