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i keep wanting to write

but instead of writing i browse facebook, or go into social media. are facebook statuses and twitter sating my need to write so i am satisfied and then spend the rest of the day consuming media?

and yet when i sit on my computer with a blank document in front of me, it's too much. it's too much to even write a short story.

when i was a kid i told myself i was going to write a book when i was an adult. now i'm an adult with white hairs and i still haven't wrote a single book.

i suck.

on a journal news, i am in ithaca. after being a bridesmaid in costa rica, i am now a bestwoman in ithaca. i'm also the photographer which is a bit confusing.

my best friend manuel is getting married to a lovely boy named dom. they seem happy together.

i have ample free time now, i should just write a short story while i'm here and then publish it to livejournal and no one will read it but andy and it would be okay.

but i don't know what to write.

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acrouch
Aug. 8th, 2013 09:31 pm (UTC)
Write about a castle that can only be found once every hundred years.
acrouch
Aug. 8th, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
And it appears in modern day New York or Austin, Tx and becomes an instant hit destination with amazing Yelp reviews. But behind the crowds and parties and signature cocktails there are darker secrets.
acrouch
Aug. 8th, 2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
A shy, bookish girl gets dragged to "The Castle" by her hard partying friends, but she's not much for the club scene.
acrouch
Aug. 8th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
And despite the fact that the castle was found vacant when it appeared (and has been transformed into a destination club by opportunistic underground promoters)our heroine meets a mysterious man while roaming the hallways. Or - this is better - odd dramatic interactions begin to play out around her as she wanders the hallways of the castle.
acrouch
Aug. 8th, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
Sleep No More meets Brigadoon meets Beetlejuice
__bin
Aug. 8th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
I'll read it!!
dnivie
Aug. 9th, 2013 04:37 pm (UTC)
I'd read it. And you don't suck. You're just one of the millions of people who in principle want to write, yet theory and practice doesn't fully mesh. That's just called being human.

It's just like the fact that millions of people would like to exercise more, or eat healthier, or give up smoking and many other things, yet wanting something in principle is no guarantee that we'll actually get it done in practice, even when there's nothing physical which prevents us. (-exceedingly- few people are physically prevented from giving up smoking...)

I think the standard advice for people who want to write, is the same as the standard advice for people who want to exersice: Start now. Start small. Make it a habit. Don't worry if what you produce ain't stellar at first, -any- skill takes practice. People who expect to sit down and magically write a splendid full-length novel are kinda like people who expect to run a marathon in 3 hours next month, despite the fact that they ain't run even a 5K in their lives.

Writing a book is one of those things which seems like anyone could do it, yet which is a whole lot harder in practice. I actually *do* write a lot, atleast 1000 words a day on the average, and I've written near-daily since I was 12, yet I've never written a book, and I don't think I could, not without a huge effort and a high likelihood of a sucky result, anyway.



ripresa
Aug. 9th, 2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
thanks eivind :)

where do you write?
dnivie
Aug. 10th, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
Most of what I write is either nowhere apart from my own computer, or else it's written for a single person -- I've been a pretty active penpal since I was 12, and perhaps half of all I've written has been letters, in one form or another. It's fun, and I learn a lot, because I make it a point to have penpals very different from me, at the moment I send a lot of stories to Tunisia and Iran.

Other than that, I've written quite a lot of stuff for the pirate party here in Norway - I'm not sure I even told you, but I'm a candidate for parliament in the election coming up in 6 weeks. There's no chance I'll be elected, I'm number 5 on the list, and 7 people from Rogaland get elected, so we'd need like 75% of the votes to get me in. (we'd be extatic about 5% really)

And I do my level best to do whatever I can to support women figthing for a fairer middle east, because I care.
ripresa
Aug. 11th, 2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
you're an awesome person eivind :) good luck in the election!
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