Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Riding the novel

Been working on a few short fiction things recently, but the gears are finally starting to turn, and I've finally chosen the story I'll be chasing down and trying to subdue for the next year or so.  I'm finding committing to a book akin to seeing a really phenomenal classic car by the side of the road.  At first, it's a pile of junk, and you've got to shove it until your back is straining, just to get it moving.  Once it does though, you start to get an idea of what it'll be like cruising along inside.  And once you get to a steep hill, then the fun really begins, and you're in for a sometimes scary, but immensely cool ride.

Procrastination is a tough habit to break though.  (You may be noticing that some of that has gone on here today.)

However, any writing is productive writing, and I put a few more subs out there this week, and read some really, really great shorts by many of you fine folks who look in on this blog from time to time, so thank you!

Thanks for reading.



  1. Absolutely spot on post, Chris.
    Loved the comparisons with the car n, yeah, that procrastination's a disease, man, but can be cured by large doses of bloody-mindedness (it dunt come bottles, you have to make your own!).
    Good luck with the new project.
    Ps. Override procrastination by stubbornly cracking on regardless - you have to force yer-self until you hit a rhythm.

  2. Great comparison to the car. Unfortunately, I am quite the expert at procrastination. This post gave me the kick I needed this morning. :)

    Good luck with the novel!

    Brain Droppings

  3. Boy, isn't this the truth! I like the classic car analogy, although I hope there isn't a cliff with a lake at the end of the road.

    Keep pushing that pen (or keys rather).