Light work day after hours of fevered work. It was one of those mornings when I was thinking, the nights are just too short. I need more sleep. Others ambushed me as soon as I was online. Emails regarding various projects and problems awaited answers. I worked almost non-stop for the first several hours before I could finally get a breather. Then, with the rain stopped and the sun warming 37 degree air, I headed for The Beanery to write.
Finished with my editing of the rejected short story today. Ended up with a longer story, 37 pages, 12,000 words. So be it. Call it what you will.
Read an interesting excerpt about comedians today, courtesy of the most excellent Delancey Place. Today's selection was "We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy". The excerpt talked about Janeane Garofalo and her advice to other comedians, including Kathy Griffin. Kathy and others were struggling to make it as stand up comedians. Janeane counseled, screw that, stop trying to reform yourself. Be yourself.
Such advice resonanted in me. I think I've moved away from my writing voice, trying to tailor it to be a 'professional voice' or some vision of how someone else would write my stories. I worry about having too much dialogue, slow pacing, boring tales, weak plots, whatever. I worry about it all, thinking, everything must be perfect. I'm killing myself and my voice trying to overcome it all with too much polishing.
Back to basics. Back to writing it and letting it rip. Write like crazy and let others judge and edit it.
So that story is done. Submit it and move on.
Yeah, baby, yeah.
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