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26 June 2008 @ 09:32 pm
cheap thrills vs. life on the chain gang  
In my irrational drive to sabotage the writing of my novel, I've started making notes on a new novel. It's almost, but not quite a sequel (set in the same world, but with few of the same characters). I get a real rush out of that pure invention of new scenes and characters. It's so much more fun than the hard work of fleshing out those scenes and making them work. I know I can do it, because I've done it before, but I keep not doing it. I remember at one point in my twenties thinking that I could generate tons of story ideas while I was young and then labor over actually writing them later when I was older, but that idea seems crazy now. In a lot of ways, I was a better writer in my mid-20s than I am in my late-30s.

On the barely bright side, I realized this morning that I've been slipping into a depression for the past few weeks. That could potentially be useful because during my periods of anhedonia, my usual distractions become worthless and I sometimes find it a bit easier to focus my mind on things that need to be done.

 
 
Listening to: Squeeze - "Annie Get Your Gun"
 
 
 
...wyndebreaker on June 27th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
I guess it's not seasonal depression, since most people go through that in Winter.

Not being a very creative person, I can't say how that aspect of my life is affected. :\
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: drooling monkeyassmonkeydiary on June 27th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, seriously. I've never gotten so much sun in my life as I have the past couple months.

Your user pic is full of win!
...wyndebreaker on June 27th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
Speaking of WWF, THIS is full of win:



BREAK HIS BACK, MAKE HIM HUMBLE, AND THEN FUCK HIS ASS.
Pallaspallasathene8 on June 27th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
"I get a real rush out of that pure invention of new scenes and characters. It's so much more fun than the hard work of fleshing out those scenes and making them work."

This sounds like a parallel for playing World of Warcraft.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: ape in icelandassmonkeydiary on June 27th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
Well, I do tend to make far more characters for those games than I'll ever really use...
Pallaspallasathene8 on June 27th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
Just think that every time you write a certain number of words you are leveling up. Like, yay, I became a Level 20 writer today. And then you can go buy yourself new equipment like shiny pens and things. Yeah, that will totally work.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: angel and the apeassmonkeydiary on June 27th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
Hah...