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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?

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

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from: tigrkittn
date: Sep. 26th, 2012 02:36 pm (UTC)

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?


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from: whipchick
date: Oct. 1st, 2012 12:55 pm (UTC)

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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