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22 January 2006 @ 11:36 pm
Revealing writing.  
So, do you all ever go through a spell where every time you sit down to write something, your story idea takes off a little and then as you think about how you're going to make it happen on paper you realize, "Oh, that's not a story idea....that's my life, with the names and faces changed to protect the innocent. Awesome. No wonder I kept thinking, 'Gee, John sure is falling down a lot in this story.'" Because I'll have you all know that these days that seems to be about all I've got. I mean, most of the ideas are things that are fairly mundane, and easily writable and could work in the fandoms I've thought of for them, but now that I've realized the way that I'm therapizing myself with these story ideas (none of which have actually gotten written, which is another great way to tell when there's a lie in a story idea) I feel that it's just too transparent, and weird.

It's strange how hard I've found it to write in the past....months and months, actually. I feel like something's clamped down somehow, I've developed a writing artery that's unhealthily clogged by blcokage. I need writerly triple by-pass surgery or something. It's all very distressing, particularly because I've started thinking of really awesome titles that someday I'd like to use for -- oh, you know, *anything*, which used to be the absolute hardest part of writing for me. I used have this fantasy of just giving in to my inability to title things and naming every story after a great Civil War battle. pearl_o and lyra_sena both often had to take me aside and say, "Honey. You really can't call this story Antietam. No, honestly."

I still kind of don't believe it. Antietam would be a great name for basically anything. I stand by that.
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What the Monkey?: tardis skysvilleficrecs on January 23rd, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)
Antebellum is an awesome name too.
the opposite of batmanpearl_o on January 23rd, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
Actually, i have often encouraged you to name things that! And then Lyra usually smacks me.
Adoable Frunk: hcl in the endlyra_sena on January 23rd, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
I smack with love!
shayheyredshayheyred on January 23rd, 2006 04:45 am (UTC)
Antietam would be a swell name. I'm just looking forward to your rendering of The Second Battle of Bull Run, or, Manassas II, the Early Years.

(Marylander, speaking as one who has performed Shakespeare on the battlefield at Antietam, for reasons that do not bear exploring at this juncture)
Half of what I say is meaninglessfarwing on January 23rd, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)
*raises hand* In fact, the story I tried to write today for my writing group? Is what happened to me last night. Of course, it's really just the beginning part, and if my writing artery wasn't clogged (because that's how I've been feeling as well) I would then turn it into something else. But right now it's just about someone throwing up in the bathroom of the Four Seasons hotel. *hangs head in shame*
peeps wanna see peeps boink: uh ohmusesfool on January 23rd, 2006 04:52 am (UTC)
I actually had a story whose working title was "Shiloh," though it ended up being named something else. But "Shiloh" is still on my list of "titles to use someday."
Dira Sudis: Bob Euphemism by Heuradysdsudis on January 23rd, 2006 06:10 am (UTC)
Oh, that is it. The next story that gives me naming trouble is immediately getting dubbed Toledo War.
millysdaughtermillysdaughter on January 23rd, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
Sometimes you have to finally write those stories of "you" to clear the blockage out.
Burn them after you do.
It is safer that way.
Adoable Frunk: good of the podlyra_sena on January 23rd, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
These people all frighten me with their encouragement. Antietam must never happen! Except, you know, in history.

Were I a doctor, I'd unclog those writing artieries so fast, babe.

I'll be the waterwings that save you if you start drowning in an open tab when your judgement's on the brink.

Rachel Wilderrachel_wilder on January 23rd, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
I really think someone should do a fic challenge where the only guideline is that everything has to have the same title...like, for instance, Antietam. Any fandom, any pairing, any length.

Just the title.