Thursday, May 17, 2007

Joy Of Procrastination

I'm in the middle of editing a new story I'm writing called Amethyst Moon. I'm quite happy with the idea -- two thiefs fighting for control in the most sensual of ways. And yet I find myself avoiding my keyboard.

I redesigned my website. I did this blog. I cleaned my bathroom.

I'm done with the story, and have to do my usual three passes of editing, and that's what scares me. I write fast. I vomit words onto the page and then have to face them once I'm done. Sometimes its good. Most of the time, its complete crap and only there to move the story along and like the jewel in my story, needs to be polished so the facets can shine.


Robin L. Rotham said...

Don't you mean AGONY of procrastination?! I haven't written 100 words on my sequel in the last couple of weeks, and it's killing me. I need someone to whack me in the head with a 2x4, maybe knock something loose.

Have fun with the editing -- that's my favorite part. I hate the first draft because it always sucks. Revision and editing is where I shine.

Robin L. Rotham said...

LOL! Here I was feeling so bad about never commenting on your blog before... This was your inaugural post, huh? Congratulations! :D

Fiona Jayde said...

Yay -- my first comments! Thanks!

Agony and Joy are two sides of the same perverted coin, don't you think?

My frist draft is sh-t, but the editing is gruesome.

How come you haven't written anything? You need someone to brainstorm with? I'm game!

Robin L. Rotham said...

For once, I think I've got TOO MUCH STORY floating around in my head. I know these characters too well already and I see scenes I want to write and I know where I want it to go -- and I'm freezing. Usually I just sit down with a blank brain and start typing, surprising myself with what comes out. I'm making the transition from total pantser to plotter/pantser, and it ain't fun. But I'll get there... :D

And I will keep your generous offer in mind -- thank you!

Fiona Jayde said...

Please do!

I'm making a similar transition myself. I use FreeMind mind mapping tool - this way i can map out all the possibilites and have them visually organized... So i don't feel like i only have 1 way out of a situation.

But you know, I do find myself procrastinating more when I know where the story is going... Its like the thrill is gone, no surprises.