atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#4555: I want to write some f-ing SF, damn it.

The problem is, there are no stories.

There are fragments--a teenager building himself a "home away from home" in an interstellar shipping container out on the border of one of his father's fields, for example--but no stories.

I worry that my writing has hit its terminus. After I sent Chandelier to Og, he said--not meaning it in a bad way--that all my stories were of a kind, and it was meant to be encouraging...but when I think about it all that comes to me is Everything you're writing is the same. (Just to put all that in perspective, Og said it in the context of telling me that the story was very good, and he threatened me with some very dire consequences if I failed to submit it for publication.)

Well, everything I write is not the same, but I favor the first person viewpoint, and my protagonists are generally fairly competent and decent people; I don't write stories where you're expected to root for shitheads and asshats. But they all have similar characteristics.

I'm never going to write art for the ages and I'm fine with that. I just want to tell entertaining stories that people want to read enough that they'll pay me...and I'm worried that I've run out of ideas for entertaining stories.

For a few months now I have been struggling with how to continue the flashback for the big rewrite project, and stalled; a week or two ago I had a thought about how to continue it, and promptly forgot about it again until just a few days ago. I'm stuck on "what next" but realized I could jump back to the time frame where the flashback starts, which sounds like a good idea to me. "When in doubt, change scenes."

I'm going to have to do something, though, because this crap ain't gettin' me any money, damn it.

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