Sunday, October 28, 2012

Not reading, writing.

This fortnight I’ve been concentrating on creating my own pieces of writing rather than reading and responding to the writing of others. And I have to admit, it’s not going well.

It’s a little bit like a log-jam of ideas where the logs have made quite an effective dam in the river and none of them are easily freed. I can see bits and pieces of logs/ideas but none are happily floating along anymore. And tomorrow I need to email something I’ve been working on to my supervisor…

I’m a bit concerned.

Not overly concerned because this happened during my honours year also. I got particularly stuck on one or two stories that ended up being rewritten so many times that I now can’t stand the sight of them and they are now completely unrecognizable from the original idea that sparked them. But I am a bit concerned.

This concern probably springs more from a desire not to disappoint my supervisor than an actual distress about my project at this stage—if I was this stuck later into my candidature I imagine I would be really worried but it’s early days yet (at least that’s what I’m telling myself). Maybe I should just go and play in the sandpit with Calvin until the right mood hits me.


  1. At least you've overcome this before. It may sound silly, but exercising works for me. If I go numb my mind on the treadmill for a while, I find that ideas start to flow.

  2. Hi Deb,

    It's been a while since I've been in touch.(Just to jog your memory, I also did creative writing at Deakin!)

    It may be that all those logs in the water are just a sign that your brain is firing on all fronts, so to say. If you have time, can you write something just for you or just for fun - something that you don't intend to submit to your assessor? I found that while writing a piece for assessment, I always felt a bit constrained. Recently I wrote a story that I was determined to submit to a literary publication. It's dragged on and on, and it's turned into something rather like a millstone. I had enough of it one day and started another story that I don't intend submitting anywhere. It has sort of freed up my writing though. It can have an effect on the way you approach a piece if you've been writing something else where you just let your creative mind have free reign for a while. Having more than one piece on the go is a good tactic too - but I daresay you're doing that already!

    Anyway, I just wanted to wish you well - you're an inspiration!