Monthly archives: February, 2012

Fingers Crossed!

So, the block finally broke and I got my writing hat on for a contest I’ve been talking about lately.  You know, I don’t actually have a writing hat but now I’m thinking I should.

Anyway, back to the contest!

It was hosted by Angel Illustrations and, as I’ve mentioned before, the rules were to write a short story, poem or descriptive piece based on what will become his new “signature image”.  As yet, the image is unfinished but I can tell it will be beautiful when completed – you can check out the full information of the competition here if you have a Facebook account.  …and, if you have time, feel free to check out my Author Page.  All support is greatly appreciated – your “likes” mean so much and somewhere a Noo-nee will get his wings.  Or a cookie.

So yes, I finally got rid of the writer’s block that had been plaguing me and hopefully I’ve done Angel’s new piece of artwork justice.  My submission was a short story and I’m keeping everything crossed right now, I may even plait my hair!  Talk about cutting it close though, I emailed my submission 2 hours before the deadline.

The close-cutting of deadlines won’t be a regular occurrence in my future career.  Honest.  …ish.


If The Idea Fits…

Writer’s block.  Ask any writer and they’ll all give you a pained expression, knowing your pain if you’re experiencing this almost debilitating frustration.

So far, I’ve only ever experienced writer’s block twice.  Once a long time ago, so long in fact that I don’t remember what I was stuck on – I just remember the frustration involved.  The second is happening right now though and it’s really starting to bug me.

I’m working on, or trying to work on, a competition entry.  The subject isn’t difficult – you are to write a poem, short story of descriptive piece based on a piece of art.  I did have a feel of what I want to write, the art is really lovely and gave me an almost instant idea.  Yet whenever I tried to write it down I got totally blocked and even have a sentence that I ended with “something something” because my brain just shut down mid way through.  The piece of art is, as yet, unfinished and I’m wondering if that’s where my problem is coming from, trying to write a finished piece of prose based on an unfinished piece of art.  But I have a feeling that the problem is me.  The initial idea I had, I’ve decided against as it doesn’t seem to want to be written.  So I started a different approach and I now have 250 words and feel as if I’m “done”, which isn’t satisfactory as the competition wants 1-2 pages.

The problem now is that I had an idea a day ago, after racking my brain for days on end, but it feels more like an idea for a YA novel waiting to be written and not actually based off the picture at all.  I think all the brain racking is now just giving me plot ideas for new novels and nothing for the competition.

So how do I get past this block?  Part of me wants to just pack it in and not enter, but the prize is one that I’d really love and that’s what’s spurring me on.  Plus I’m stubborn and don’t like giving up on things.  But now I feel like I’m just trying to force the ideas to fit with the image, when really they don’t at all.

“I’ve often said that there’s no such thing as writer’s block; the problem is idea block. When I find myself frozen–whether I’m working on a brief passage in a novel or brainstorming about an entire book–it’s usually because I’m trying to shoehorn an idea into the passage or story where it has no place.” – Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery, I totally agree.  But how to get past it, I again have no idea.


A Case Of The Noo-Nees

A while ago a friend linked me to a funny blog where the owner tells stories that have happened to her, with added cartoon drawings.  That helped my procrastination reach new heights.  But one of them stuck with me from a writers point of view, the Alot.

I don’t think I’ve ever been guilty of talking about the Alot rather than describing a lot of something, but now whenever I see someone else say alot (or even the proper, a lot) I end up smiling, or sometimes giggling, gaining me many weird looks if I’m not alone, thinking of the fuzzy Alot and what he might be doing 🙂

But something I’ve been doing lately (maybe even a lot!), much to my own frustration, is typing noone instead of no one.  Where these Noo-nees come from I have no idea, but my head imagines a bunch of sprite or pixing looking things, crawling all over the place.  Just like the Alot, the Noone is very versatile and people seem to always care about what the Noone thinks or does…

Noone is helping me today.  “Aww, thanks Noo-nee, you’re a great help!”

Noone has made fun of me today.  🙁

Noone likes me! (Yay!)

I hope Noone saw that.  (Noones like to see fun things!)

So now, as well as being able to talk more about Alots, you can tell people “Yes, Noones are very helpful!” when Noone helps them out.