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My job is not good for my writing

I’ve known for years now that I’m not the sort of person who can work a 9 to 5 job without losing my mind.

My job is second shift. That is one point in its favor. I can stay up late and sleep in, and still get to work on time. That leaves me awake and available to write during my prime writing hours.

On the other hand, my job is not very stable. Granted, I get a fairly steady number of hours, but I have no set schedule. One week I might have every other day off, and other times I might work nine or ten days in a row divided over two pay weeks so no overtime for me. On top of never knowing what days I might have off on any given week I also have no way of knowing what hours I might work. Some days I start in the late morning or lunchtime. Some days I start closer to dinner. I’ve been scheduled for shifts as short as four hours and as long as eleven.

It is almost impossible to have a steady routine for writing with a job like this. For me it is far from the ideal, although I’m sure it would work great for someone else.

I need a job with set days off, and set hours. Mostly I need a job that keeps my bills paid and food in the fridge. It’s a bonus if I love the job, but not really a necessity. I want to have a job that is just a job so I can come home and write.

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Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Thinking About Dreams

As I hid in bed this morning pretending I was still asleep so I wouldn’t feel as though I should get up I started to think about dreams. I can’t remember any of my dreams from last night.

I do have some dreams I do remember. Some of them only stick with me for a few hours to a couple days at most, but others have been with me, living in the back of my mind for years.

In college I had a recurring dream where I was informed at the end of the semester that I was enrolled in a class I never attended. I was forced to take the final exam for the class in a last ditch effort not to fail and ruin my GPA. I never knew any of the answers on the final. To this day I never figured out what class it was supposed to be. I always hated that dream.

At the very beginning of my college career I kept having a dream that I was inside my dorm and there were no doors to the outside. On top of that my room was on the 20th floor. I would walk and walk, but I would never get anywhere. That dream always left me confused when I woke up. Then again, I was pretty consistently confused throughout my first month of college.

In high school I had what seemed like a very, very long dreams about being forced to drive people everywhere. I was only about fourteen and too young to even be thinking about getting my permit, but in the dream I was expected to drive just about everyone I knew all over the place for the stupidest reasons. This dream is at least partly to blame for why I still don’t want to drive.

My earliest memory of a dream was a nightmare. I even know the cause. I was three and my dad had let me watch Unsolved Mysteries with him. That night I had a dream that Big Foot came after my whole family. We hid in my play house, but my dog escaped out the window and attacked Big Foot. I won’t go into all the gory detail because it still creeps me out to this day, but the dream ended with all of us dead. I really, really don’t like Big Foot.

It probably says a lot about me that all of the dreams I most easily remember are negative and full of anxiety. The positive dreams never seem to stick with me.

What sort of dreams do you remember? Do you think they have had a significant impact on the way you think about things? Have you ever incorporated your dreams into your writing?

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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I’m back

After a rather lengthy, unannounced hiatus I’m back to continue rambling for your amusement.

In case you’ve forgotten who I am (and I don’t blame you!) I’m Blitz and I write fantasy stories. I’m a fountain pen enthusiast with a deep love of tea.

Hopefully I can get back into the habit of posting here, and hopefully I’m not talking to no one.

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Cabins are Here!

I’ve been assigned a cabin for July’s session of Camp NaNoWriMo. This makes it real in my mind. Camp NaNo is really just around the corner.

I need to get ready.

That might be easier said than done. I have the worst luck when it comes to keeping myself organized and on task while living at home. Other people distract me.

Okay, maybe that isn’t quite fair. I lived with people at college and I was able to stay organized and get my writing done there. My family doesn’t understand that I need to write while I’m in the zone. They’ve never figured out that seeing me writing with headphones on doesn’t mean they should just talk a bit louder about whatever “urgent” task they need me to do.

My priorities are not always going to line up with theirs and I’ve been trying to explain that to them for years now, but of course in the midst of explaining it whatever bit of dialogue or description I was in the middle of writing floats right out of my head.

I’m half temped to make a sign and stick it on my own forehead: Is the house on fire? Is someone dying? Can it wait until later?

It’s not like I won’t take the trash out if that’s what needs to be done. I just might need ten minutes to tie up some loose ends so I can actually jump in where I left off again. Just let me know it needs to be done. Don’t make it into a full-blown conversation. Even better, write a note next to me of the things you’d like me to do once I’m done. Notes work. We already use notes so we know they work for us.

Somehow I think if I suggest this I’ll just end up covered in sticky notes by the end of July…

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Trying to Write Every Day

Writing is important to me. It’s something I’ve done on a fairly regular basis since I wrote what I consider to be my first story in first grade. I try to make it a priority in my life, partly because I enjoy writing, and partly because I’m told that I need to write every day to become a better writer.

Life just doesn’t work out that way all the time. For me writing is a hobby just like video games. As much as I love writing, my time and energy has to go elsewhere from time to time.

When I have a longer than normal shift at work I usually don’t write. If I have a social function my friends or family want me to attend I probably won’t write that day. Some days I just don’t feel like writing and I don’t see any reason to force myself to write when it isn’t fun.

A lot of times people seem to expect anyone who considers themselves to be a writer to be completely dedicated to the craft. It doesn’t matter that writing is something fun that doesn’t pay any of the bills, and keeping the bill collectors away has to take priority over some of the more enjoyable things in life.

Sometimes I even find myself pressuring other people to take their writing more seriously. It’s almost as though we all expect writers to have nothing greater going on in their lives.

As much as I love writing the pressure can take the fun right out of it. Whenever a hobby starts to feel like a chore rather than something to look forward to once the chores are done it’s probably time to adjust the you and the people around you are treating that hobby.

If writing isn’t your job it shouldn’t be an obligation. Just enjoy it and don’t let the world pressure you into making it into something more.

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Why I’m Not an Aspiring Author

Hello out there!

Depending on how  you found this blog you may or may not already know me. I go by Blitz online. I’m twenty five years old and I’m lucky enough to have a job at a fast food place that actually pays above minimum wage. It isn’t the sort of job I want to keep forever, but it’s enough for right now. Most days I’m able to avoid the fantasies about becoming a best selling author and quitting my job to write full time.

I enjoy all aspects of writing. In fact, I still enjoy writing by hand the majority of the time. I think transcribing my rough drafts to my computer at a later date is a great way to do some preliminary editing. These days my rough drafts are written with fountain pens, and I admit that I’m a bit obsessed with them. I enjoy experimenting with different nibs and inks and one day I’d love to find the time to learn a few different handwriting styles.

Even revising and editing can be fun if I’m in the right mood, although I think I enjoy the rush of creating something new a bit more (but isn’t that true for just about everyone?).

I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo every year since 2006, and I’ve won four times. More often than not I participate in the Camp NaNoWriMo events too, although now that they allow lower word count goals for those I’ve taken to lowering my standards a bit.

As I wrote above, sometimes I do find myself fantasizing about being a published author, but if I’m honest with myself it is not something that I’m ready to actively pursue. I still have a lot of practicing to do before I feel like I’m ready to have my own stories for sale right next authors I’ve read myself. I know people have been published much younger than I am now, and maybe some of them aren’t any more talented than I am, but they’re certainly braver than me.

So for now I just write, and I love it. Maybe some day I’ll start to seriously wish to be published, but for now I’m just having fun.

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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July Camp NaNoWriMo

I’ve got myself officially signed up for the July session of Camp NaNoWriMo now.

Back in April I set a goal of 30,000 words for myself, and that proved to be a bit more than I could handle. I’m going to mainly blame that on getting very sick at the start of the month and never really getting myself motivated to make up for the time I lost while sick. Regardless of why it happened, I failed to reach my goal by a lot.

This time I’ve decided to set myself a very reachable goal in hopes that I’ll actually be able to achieve it and then keep going from there. For that reason I’ve set myself the goal of 10,000 words for July. It’s  not much. I’ve written more than that in day back when I was crazy, more motivated, and willing to completely shut  myself away from the world for more than 24 hours at a time. I think 10,000 words will still be a stretch for me though. Especially since the plan is for me to move house sometime during that month.

I’m not going to worry about trying to come up with a new project for the month. I’ll just be a rebel and continue the project I’ve been working on all spring. I wrote the first book for this project for NaNoWriMo in 2010 and I’ve been working on the second book on and off ever since. It would be really nice to finally get it finished so I’ll feel less guilty starting something new for NaNoWriMo this year. I’m hoping I can finish up the rough draft for book two in the next 25,000 words or so. We’ll see how that goes.

Let me know if you’re being a rebel or going for a goal other than the traditional 50,000 next month. I’d love to have a few more people to request as cabin mates.

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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