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12 June 2008 @ 07:59 pm
I canceled my subscription to City of Heroes/City of Villains (again!) today. My account will expire June 25th. Even though my interest in it has waned, I still find myself playing it reflexively whenever I sit down at the computer. And that's pretty damn bad since I'd really like to do some writing at those times. I still have an irritating fear of writing that makes me welcome almost any distraction. So will I start producing chapters at an amazing rate now... or you know... at all? Who knows? But at least I'm blowing up one of the obstacles in my path.

And I'm doing fairly well in my attempt to transition from endomorph to mesomorph, so I might as well try and use some of that focus and energy to accomplish my big goal in life of getting a novel written and published.

Listening to: Cinerama - "Me Next"
doNUT!donutgirl on June 13th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
I think it will probably take more than merely eliminating distractions. If you're anything like me, you will always find a new way to procrastinate, even if you have to play tic tac toe with yourself on a post-it note. I often blame the internet for keeping me from writing, but the truth is, I was a master procrastinator long before the internet existed.

Try setting goals for yourself, then giving yourself rewards if you meet them. For some people, word count goals are good... Sometimes I'll give myself a goal of working for an hour straight without doing anything else. Or write one scene, fix one plot hole. Then when I'm done I can go watch a tv show, or whatever. Just don't pick food or shopping as your reward, or you'll wind up creating more bad habits than you fix.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: Glen Barr assmonkeydiary on June 13th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
Good advice. Thanks!
a foxy vixen, so illustriousgloriamunty on June 13th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
I think you will do it!

I've known you for some time, and this novel-writing goal has been a constant the whole time. You struggle, but you have never given up. This is the real experience of writing --not just struggling, but so often succumbing to silly distractions. And blowing them up, and getting back to work. And on and on like that.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: red pow wowassmonkeydiary on June 16th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I think I'll do it too.

But I'll still be surprised when or if it happens.
Pallaspallasathene8 on June 14th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: raining womenassmonkeydiary on June 15th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
Some old-fashioned way of categorizing body types.

Endomorphs have a wide frame and are fat, whereas mesomorphs have a wide frame, but are much leaner.

And ectomorphs are just naturally narrow and skinny. Bastards!
captian_whamo on June 14th, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)
yeah, I hear that one. My goal of the day was to either make curtains for my apartment, or start writing a comic strip on existential dilemmas...(someone told me I was too old for them) instead i went out and ate thai food...Distractions are so...easy to find? Good luck...stay strong...
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: king kong voyeurassmonkeydiary on June 15th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
You're never too old for existential dilemmas!
captian_whamo on June 15th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
ha, yeah. this is what was decided after polling many people. I also have the help of a philosophy student in writing my comic strip now. This is what I get for drunk dialing people I don really want to talk too, group debates on existentialism.