I’m more and more tempted to write some fiction again. It’s been years since I did that. I’m good with characters and environment, but not so good with plot. I don’t like to write about negative things, or nasty people, which is rather problematic when you need to have conflict.
I know part of it is reading books and thinking, “Damn, I could do better than that.” But to be realistic, anybody who has finished a book is doing better than I actually have done.
One thing that’s really getting to me is the number of anti-fat statements that get thrown in to so many stories. They have nothing to do with the story – they just happen because of the authors’ prejudice. Describing a minor character as fat is a cheap shortcut, because most readers will assume the person is lazy, sloppy, and not terribly intelligent (or a hyperfocused geek with no social skills if he is smart).
I know that starting out with a “message” is a crappy way to write fiction, though. Messages are better expressed in essays, not stories.
Still, I have this itch. Bah.
This weekend’s Stitching Bloggers Question:
Are there other crafts that you have tried and abandoned? Why do you like stitching better?
Short version: Because it’s one of the few visually-beautiful things I’ve ever been good at.
If there’s a way to auto-cross-post relevant entries from here to Thing-A-Day, I haven’t figured it out. Doing it manually feels inelegant.
I donâ€™t have a photo to post, but I got out the drawing tablet for the first time in an embarrassingly long time, and worked on a cross-stitch design. It split into two designs, somehow, but Iâ€™m hoping to post pics tomorrow. I discovered that PatternMaker isnâ€™t installed on this machine, so Iâ€™ve made graphics that have to be translated into graphed designs.
I feel that Iâ€™m really in the â€œgetting organizedâ€ stage, which I should have done last week. But the tablet is attached now, and I know where my stitching bag is. Iâ€™ll find out in the morning just what my daughter did with my colored pencils and such, and locate the PatternMaker install CD. And the camera, that would help. Yep.
It did feel great to have time on my schedule devoted to â€œbeing creativeâ€ and nothing else!
I know that Hope and Juliann are doing it — anybody else? Any other Blog365 participants should note that it will be a great source of blog ideas, and I know we all need those at this point.