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Sep. 26th, 2012 | 03:04 am

If you sit in your hotel room in Mexico and waste a rainy afternoon, does it still count as a writing date if you finish at 2AM? How much coffee is too much? If on the third cup you begin to vibrate, does it add emotional resonance to your work? After an intense emotional discussion--let's not call it a fight--with your paramour, followed by a brisk walk, how many Mexican taxi drivers have to whistle at you before you feel better, and just how racist will you feel basking in their gentle admiration while secretly admitting you don't find Mexican men attractive?

And why not? Is it their shortness, their stony Mayan profiles, their weird range of ages in which they apparently skip from not-old-enough-to-drink to responsible-Papi with no in-between? Is it your terrible, not-even-high-school quality Spanish, that strips all nuance from meaning, causing them to kindly switch to English for your benefit? The fact that 90% of them are trying to sell you something? That you aren't clever enough to come up with a kind but firm rebuttal to "Almost free, Señora, almost free!" or that you want to punch the next silversmith or shoemaker or t-shirt-seller who asks if you're on your honeymoon? Whatever happened to the days of the Mexican divorce?

How many rainy days or too-hot days or emotional-turmoil days do you get before writing is a hobby and not a vocation (or an avocation, let's be generous)? How many days does the muse let you call in sick before you're fired?

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What are you writing this week, or what are you fighting?


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Kizzy

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from: xo_kizzy_xo
date: Sep. 26th, 2012 11:30 am (UTC)
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The muse never fires you. It may disappear for a bit, but it's always lurking around somewhere.

A writing date is a writing date is a writing date, even if it does end at 2AM :)

Today I get to fight cakes, who knows how many bowls of icing, decorating supplies, and a Jeep with a wonky taillight and wondering how the hell I'm going to be able to afford getting it fixed :shudder:

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Oct. 1st, 2012 12:54 pm (UTC)
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I like that :)

How's the Jeep doing?

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Ellakite

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from: ellakite
date: Sep. 26th, 2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry to hear that you're having problems while "visiting paradise".

If you've written something, then it's a "writing date". The when and the where don't matter; muses are notoriously fickle and have been known to keep the craziest hours. 2 AM isn't any stranger than 3 PM in my opinion. Similarly, if the muse isn't talking to you then it isn't your fault.

Right now I'm not working on anything. That's mainly due to my own crazy schedule, combined with my ADD symptoms running rampant lately… but there is another issue which I intend to wire about in an upcoming blog post. Short version: I have a vague idea about writing something, but I'm scared to do it for fear of "falling flat on my face "…

Edited at 2012-09-26 02:22 pm (UTC)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Oct. 1st, 2012 12:54 pm (UTC)
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Write anyway :)

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Ellakite

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from: ellakite
date: Oct. 1st, 2012 02:24 pm (UTC)
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I will write, now that I have some free time again.

But if someone starts mocking my writing, I'm hiding in a corner and not coming back for a long, long time.

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tigrkittn

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from: tigrkittn
date: Sep. 26th, 2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
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Mostly I've been fighting with the spousal person, which is odd, and bothers him more than it does me. Part of me is still swooning, after almost 13 years, at having someone I can have an argument with, and yell and stomp, and then get over it. We still love each other. The relationship is still sound and unchanged. Thank you, "anger is not ok/doesn't exist" childhood.

I'm not actually writing, but I'm pondering my NaNo "practice novel". I'm trying to find a happy ending that isn't too cornball, that I can believe, and that won't make part of the theoretical audience hate me. On the other hand, since it's a "practice novel" that will never be seen by that audience anyway, I might go ahead and use the ending they'll hate. Politically incorrect as hell, and totally unpublishable, but that's not really the point so who cares?

/ramble

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Oct. 1st, 2012 12:55 pm (UTC)
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Use the ending you want to use - you can always change it if it's going to be shared with an audience later, and there will be satisfaction in writing what you feel the story wants!

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Andrea Blythe

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from: blythe025
date: Sep. 26th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
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If you are writing at all, no matter if you're sneaking it in in small spurts whenever and wherever you can, then you are having a "writing date." Even just scribbling a few maundering thoughts in your blog is enough for the muse to take note.

Besides, every mind occasionally needs a vacation. :)

(And rainy afternoons in Mexico are never wasted.)

I'm fighting packing for Germany. It'll be a mad dash the night before I have to leave... I know it. Words are getting edited on the zombie/Bluebeard story, which I plan to send out for beta-reading tomorrow. :)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Oct. 1st, 2012 12:56 pm (UTC)
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Good point! Hope Germany is terrific and looking forward to reading your story!

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With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair

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from: lilycobalt
date: Sep. 26th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
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I am fighting my lack of stamina. My body is more needy than I would like it to be--it gives out from things that should be simple, like working two long days in a row. It did not respond well to the Yom Kippur fast this year.

I think it is a writing date as long as some writing happens, no matter how little.

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from: anonymous
date: Sep. 27th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
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"If you sit in your hotel room in Mexico and waste a rainy afternoon, does it still count as a writing date if you finish at 2AM?"

If you sit at work and read your friends' blogs all afternoon, and then go home and write the brief that's due today, and efile it at 11:59 p.m., do you still get to bill the 6 hours you spent writing it?

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Oct. 1st, 2012 12:57 pm (UTC)
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Yes! It counts!

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Lose 10 Pounds of Ugly Fat...  Cut Off Your Head.

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from: n3m3sis42
date: Sep. 28th, 2012 10:18 am (UTC)
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Fighting? The urge to make my characters do what I want instead of what they want. Although I think I'm done with that part of the story for now. There's more, but it's getting written later because there is just only so much I can deal with at one time.

Writing? Well, that's a good question now, isn't it? Something that is a little less emotional, for a minute.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Oct. 1st, 2012 12:57 pm (UTC)
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I find it so interesting (and it's usually a good sign) when my characters start choosing their own adventures...

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n3m3sis43

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from: n3m3sis43
date: Oct. 1st, 2012 01:01 pm (UTC)
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It's an awesome sign except their adventures are a little draining and how the hell is this coming from inside my brain anyway? Haha.

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blahblahblah, whatever

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from: kathrynrose
date: Sep. 29th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
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You are never fired. ;)

Writing dates count no matter what time they finish, because you wrote - YAY - and you encouraged your writing date partner to write. :)

Also, sitting and staring is one of the very best things to do with a rainy afternoon, particularly when you're on vacation.

I am currently fighting the "I have no original ideas" and the "When am I going to just confess that I'm a talentless hack and stop pretending to be a writer."

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Oct. 1st, 2012 12:58 pm (UTC)
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Shakespeare didn't have very many original ideas, either :) You are neither talentless nor a hack; it's awesome reading as you sharpen and focus your considerable talent.

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blahblahblah, whatever

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from: kathrynrose
date: Oct. 1st, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
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You are a good and patient friend. :)

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