Writing is hard

I never learned how to write an outline. I just don’t get it somehow, something eludes me that’s so basic and fundamental that I can’t articulate it usefully, and nobody’s ever been able to help. The closest I ever got, I think, is when I wrote a lot of little synopses for a collection of short stories with a loose continuity between them. Tiny, one paragraph summaries like you might see in TV Guide telling you what to expect on Tuesday’s episode. I think maybe I had the essence of it there, perhaps I’ll try building on that concept later.

I’ve been trying to write that SG-1 fanfic for Cyndi for weeks now, and failing miserably. I know that in some ways I’m making things harder for myself than they need to be while trying to write this beast, but really I think my biggest problem is that I simply don’t understand how to plan out a story from vague ideas into concrete words. It feels like I need to be able to hold the entire thing in my mind at once or I’ll just wind up flailing around uselessly.

I’m not giving up on it, nor am I trying to make excuses for how long it’s taking. Mostly I’m just whining. After I learned a bit more about SG-1 and thought over Cyndi’s request, I felt inspired. I was sure that I’d be able to crank out a story pretty quickly and then move on, but instead I’m learning that writing fiction is really, really hard.

On an unrelated note, I still haven’t found a WordPress theme I like. Probably going to be changing it again and again for a while yet. Seems like there was something else I wanted to mention, but I’m too tired to think of it so I’ll just tally up next week’s word count and go to bed.

About Leo Tarvi

Mostly fictional.

Posted on May 21, 2011, in Personal and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. That’s good writing! 🙂

  2. Keep at it. Like everything else, we practice and practice, or in your case write and think over and over to perfect the skill. The harshest critic is yourself.

    • I know, and I certainly will. But man it’s difficult sometimes.
      And thank you for commenting on my posts, Kris. It helps a lot to hear from someone I know!

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