ellieet: (John smiling)
I think I could really use some help, guys.

The only material I've written in the last year... )
ellieet: (Sherlock and John: Christmas cancelle)
I can't get this story done tonight.

I know today was the deadline for the contest, but I am far too drained from this whole week. I know this is bad but I just don't feel it's ready to be sent off this evening; the beginning and ending are too long and the middle is too short and it can only be 2000 words maximum. I'm not going to give up on the story but I feel I'm just not physically capable of doing it right now. I don't know if I should wait until later this evening and try again, but I just feel so tired - and there was no specific time-limit given for the contest. I just want to flop down and watch telly or a film and just forget.

I don't know what to do. Am I giving up too easily here? Do I need to toughen up if I want to make a career out of writing? I'm just not sure I can do anything more this evening and if I stop now, that means I'm giving up on the contest. I just don't feel up to it.
ellieet: (Sherlock's book)
There's this competition... think coming up (deadline is a week today) that I'd really like to enter.

I've let myself down on a lot of writing stakes recently. I've missed out on a fair few other competitions because I just haven't had the willpower or the time to try properly.

This one, however, I really want to do. I was thinking of adapting a previous idea to this one, only made shorter and simpler as per the competition's requirements. Now though, I'm in a right flap. I spent too long brainstorming this previous idea - the First Idea - and never really wrote it down properly and in full. Part of me wonders if I made it too complex in my head because even I was struggling to remember parts of it after a while; I thought on it for too long.

Now, I wonder if this idea will even work for this competition, even if I simplify and adapt it. I want to give it my best shot but it feels like I'm trying too hard and I'm worried that I'll lose bits of it as it can only be 2000 words long. I'm worried that it won't be what I want it to be. I keep thinking that the story's going to be complete and utter shite anyway and am basically just really frustrated and upset and want to go to bed.

Any advice from fellow writers?

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