Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Writing. At least, thinking about writing.

Though I've resolved to start writing fiction again, I've not actually gotten around to it. Well, that's a bit of an overstatement. I am actively working on two projects -- I've a novel in world-building (which is the part I enjoy, so sometimes I find it hard to stop) and a short story in research. Both are activities which require more reading and cogitating than typing, which is my current nemesis. (Check the entries tagged "thumbs" for the gnarly details, hypothetical new readers.)

Deep down, though, I'm afraid to start the actual writing process. There are a couple of reasons for it; for one, I've got a real problem finishing projects. But I'm also facing a genuine physiological limitation, which makes my resolution to start writing again seem a bit ill-timed. ;) I can't handwrite, and I can't use the computer for more than 30 minutes. And I'm having a hard time adjusting to the voice dictation software. I can successfully use it for business communications, but I'm finding it difficult to speak prose.

I had an idea on the way to work this morning that I think is worth a try: I'll find some prose that I think is stylistically close to mine and "type" it out using the voice dictation software. It'll give me some training in using the software for prose, and give the software some training as well. :D


Elisabeth said...

Why can't thinking about it be good enough? Sometimes I dream about it, so that's like I've done it, right?

Ab_Normal said...

I like the way you think... :D

Ab_Normal said...

oh, and greetings, not-so-hypothetical new reader! May I inquire as to how you made your way here? :D