Friday, June 1, 2012
Small Writing vs. Big Writing
Hi readers and writers,
I need to work on a biography that is almost finished and a novel that is about 1/3 done, the latter being a requirement for my MFA program, due by next May in its entirety. So why is it that my mind skips away to rewriting a travel essay so I can submit it to a contest, polishing up a story about a CO who worked in an insane asylum during WW II to submit to another contest, reformatting a third story to submit for a June 1 deadline? These contests are fine, but they're just putting off what I really need to do.
Write these books. Concentrate. I put my tailbone to the chair and I open the computer and then, my mind plays hooky. I am getting tired of it, but still, day after day, I don't get down to the jobs I really need to do.
Anyone out there faced this problem and found some great solutions you'd like to share? I bet I'm not the only one who procrastinates by "pretending" to write, working on the non-urgent jobs and avoiding the important ones. How can I point my errant brain to what I need it to work on? My problem is, any time I get too logical, I can no longer write (or I go into science-writing-style, using passive, chronological, logical, simplified, direct, no dialog, no "i"). But this situation is very stressful. I'd love to get some good, constructive suggestions!