Friday, February 27, 2009

Yes, I Can (Dammit)

Are you a confident or delusional writer?

I was thinking about a friend-of-a-friend the other day; he is a successful entrepreneur and author. Very spiritual and centered (he's a Sikh, which helps) but in a stange balance, is full of himself. But it works for him, and he is a very likable, approachable person...albeit very driven, and very likely to bring himself and/or his business up in conversation. But, to the point of the above link: that's kind of what it takes to be a working writer, isn't it? The ability to be confident when the odds are pretty much stacked against you? I know personally that everything I write feels risky (i.e., how weird is it to sit around and make up other peoples lives, and to write in a flourished way that I don't speak aloud?), but if I lose confidence in what I'm doing, even for a minute, I'll give up and not try.
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Good week of writing...I've been averaging close to 1k every day this week, and over 2k last night; I think I passed 10.5k on Aquarium last night, which made me happy-dance on the way to bed. I'd love to crack 15k this weekend...there are some parts coming up that I really want to see.
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I was never a fan of the comic, but I am kind of excited to see Watchmen when it comes out next week. I think the flaws and humanity of superheroes (a la Spiderman, Wolverine) are really some of the best parts of the story.

7 comments:

abrokenlaptop said...

All of my words are written in stone, what is he talking about? :P

robert said...

I think it's healthy to take risks. Otherwise, if you're always playing it safe, you become complacement and, well, boring.

Joe's post was really good; what I wonder is, what about those writers that are confidently delusional, or those that are delusionally confident?

Catherine J Gardner said...

According to JA's system I'm confident, but then maybe I'm confident because I'm delusional. ;D

Acorrding to my system, I'm not confident at all. Or I'm confident for five minutes, then I go back into a manuscript and start all over again, confident for another five minutes, and repeat.

K.C. Shaw said...

Your word counts are awesome!

wait, Watchmen comes out next week? I thought it was this summer! Cool, something to look forward to (although I never did read the comic--I just want to see a fun movie).

Natalie L. Sin said...

Spiderman and Nightcrawler are my favorites : )

Jeremy Kelly said...

I'm excited to see Watchmen, but I rarely get the chance to see a movie until it comes out on DVD.

Jeremy D Brooks said...

Mercedes: me too...I don't understand the problem with these damn stingy publishers and their "guidelines"...just print me, dammit.

Robert: agreed...that's how stuff gets done.

Cate: I think we're all a bit delusional...otherwise we wouldn't be trying to make our livings in this field!

KC: yeah, I just realized that, too...and now I'm all excited in a nerdy kind of way.

Nat: I loved Spiderman...I didn't really understand it when I was little, but when I saw the movies it reminded me how conflicted he was.

Jeremy: same here, although our oldest just got to the point where she can watch her sister for a couple of hours while we sneak out for an R movie. It's so-o-o-o nice...words almost can't describe.