distraction no.99

Nova Ren Suma | On Writing & Writing Distractions

Not an Author Newsletter… something else.

Just Another Overdramatic Tuesday

My thirteen-year-old narrator is especially dramatic, so maybe I’m channeling her lately. Or maybe her voice comes so naturally to me because I’m overdramatic myself. Drama abounded last night and I woke up numb and drained, made better only by the divine mochas at my new morning café, and then writing a scene about crossing an ugly bridge with my narrator in a sulk. I guess I’m getting out my feelings of being trapped through her. I’m not projecting: she does feel trapped in this car, crossing this bridge, with this person she does not want to be near, but so do I!

Is this like method acting? Do I have to work myself up into a frenzy to get a believable frenzy down on the page? I sure hope not. If so, I might not survive the writing of the book.

In other news, I owe about twenty emails. I have promised to read three stories sent to me for feedback and haven’t yet. One email I have wanted to write is to a friend of mine who’s writing a novel and by the time I finish this email he may have already finished the novel, so what help am I?

My character would let out a huge, angst-filled sigh right about now. Hey, wait, that’s me. You know it’s a bad sign when you walk down the hall and you hear an annoying, self-pitying sigh of discontent and you look around and realize, Oops, that was me. I’m the annoying discontented person in the hallway! Oh the humanity.

By the way, E thinks we should turn off the cable so I have less to distract myself with at night and have a better chance of getting either (a) more writing done or (b) more sleep. I just know everyone here is going to agree with him.


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5 responses to “Just Another Overdramatic Tuesday”

  1. I was about to agree w/ E but then I see that you anticipate this, so I don’t really see the point in this reply @ all…

    Though, amusingly, an anecdote: When I finished Part 3 of the novel, I became hideously, hugely grouchy/depressed, and angsty. I mulled in my mulish despair for a week or so, until I had this cathartic: “Dude, that’s exactly the emotion my narrator needs to be in! This is magic: USE IT!!!” and got right back on track. Also, once I started channelling the Ick into the story, I stopped being a self-sorry mopey-butt grumpus.

    True story. Maybe we’re Method Writers! We can start a club!!!

  2. Dude, sometimes you just gotta sigh overdramatically every once in a while. I do it all the time, but. It’s okay. Just let it out. Because if you don’t, THEY STAY INSIDE! And that is no good, IMO.

  3. Now I don’t feel so bad. In the middle of being stuck at a part of my story where my 17/18 yo narrator was being particularly fatalistic (in that way only someone of that age can be) I started this horrid habit of rolling my eyes and groaning really loudly whenever I heard something that displeased me.

    Must be something about the teenaged girl characters, I swear.

    Didn’t make it any easier when I did it in front of my RP, though.

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