When the Wrong Words Come

ROW80LogocopyI’m still finding myself unable to get through this ROWnd’s sponsor post.  The words are coming—oh, how freely they flow these days—but they are…  the wrong words.

For example, I’ve had the wonderful experience where even my (normally) most tight-lipped character, Atyr has been beyond loquacious and eloquent to the point of distraction.  As has been Alanii’s father…  a foreboding man to say the very least.  I know more about his view on the history of their wars and why he’s been so restrictive of his son than I ever knew I could be.

I also have more ideas (of course…  those never seem to stop coming) for the causes of specific “because spoilers” things.  And more research (accidental as always…  a single click of a link becomes ten as an idea catches my eye) ensued.

I even managed a whole essay on the topic I’d originally chosen as my sponsor post.  A very personal, gut-wrenching, “this should not be shared with anyone in the world” quite yet post, or at least until everything has calmed…  written at a moment like this:

So…  more the same than different.  Hopefully it won’t become a trend.

17 responses to “When the Wrong Words Come

  1. It’s hard not to believe that all of us writers just don’t have a mental illness. I’ve already got several projects in the works, but at 12:15 this morning, the muse woke me with three whole new and different stories. So I got up, went on the computer and instead of typing in any notes on these new thoughts, pulled up a couple really old stories and read through them, then started surfing the net for places to submit them. It didn’t feel like a productive two hours in the dead of the night.

    Hope that you get accomplished what you need to. Best wishes in all those endeavors.

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    • It’s been a bit since you wrote this, Chris, but it’s hilariously funny that we did exactly that same thing around the same time. Maybe our brains just needed some reprocessing time. Or… maybe it’s, as you note, a mental illness. Writing is a type of mass hysteria. 😀

      Thank you. And hopefully you’re seeing forward motion in your stories too now.

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  2. I try not to think of them as the right or wrong words. But, since at least one of my regular characters prides herself on logic, I’m not above pointing out that letting me get the business at hand tended to lets me get back to her all the sooner….you might try that….

    Hope all else is well. See you Sunday?

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    • The words are wrong for the business at hand. And… I’ve tried that. At least Atyr has settled some (and ‘Listii and Alanii are both being incredibly sweet, being around but not overly forward like “when you’re ready, we’re still here”). But Alanii’s ancestors (and some of ‘Listii’s and Atyr’s…)

      The cacophony!

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  3. Perhaps this journey in struggling with a post – should be the post??? Who isn’t going to relate to that struggle. Just a crazy idea…

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    • It’s a good idea, just not one that is calling to me (trust me, I tried that too as a way to trick my use into behaving). Thanks for trying to help, Cate.

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  4. Sometimes words might be the wrong ones for our stories, but they can help to reveal things about our characters and storylines, or give us more insight into certain things. Ultimately deleted scenes and dialogue can still have great value. However, there are also times when the wrong words are nothing but clutter and fluff, serving no purpose either on the page or behind the scenes.

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    • I usually save most deleted scenes from my stories. This piece I’ve been fighting with however is a non-fiction piece, a sponsor post, like the ones that Kait Nolan (the head of the ROW80) posts every Monday. It’s meant to help inspire members and get them through the harder weeks in the challenge. Have you checked out any? There are some really great ones (almost anything by Alberta is pure gold).

      There will be a place for these words someday. I hope. If not… I’ve still had the joy of spending a few more emotional moments with my lost loved ones through them today.

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      • I’ll have to check those posts out. It’s been awhile since I’ve actively participated in ROW80, though since What’s Up Wednesday is no longer running, it’s probably more feasible for my blogging schedule.

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        • The nice thing about most of the ROW80 is how flexible it is. Of course… it’s a lot less flexible for people sponsoring, but that’s a personal choice too. What was “What’s Up Wednesday?” I don’t believe I heard about that bloghop.

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          • What’s Up Wednesday was a weekly hop run by sisters Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, with the four headings “What I’m Writing,” “What I’m Reading,” “What Inspires Me,” and “What Else I’ve Been Up To.” They decided to shelve it to focus more on their writing and the summer feature Ready. Set. Write! This year, no one did RSW, though I hope it returns next year.

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            • I noticed the RSW didn’t happen this year too when I was setting up some June things. And like you, I hope it returns next year… Maybe we’ll have to start it ourselves! 😀

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            • And I never knew Jaime and Erin were sisters, but… yeah, I can see that.

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  5. Sometimes when the wrong words come . . . it’s because we writers need to step sideways, intrigued by the dance and by possibilities, rather like that innocent in the David Bowie video who, at a certain point, recognized the danger and took charge of her own destiny. Taking a break or writing through those wrong words can still lead to a more developed story, fresh insights. Even the wrong words can be deleted later. But as these ‘wrong words’ might be to help other ROW80 writers, perhaps they’re not the wrong words at all. For we all doubt ourselves, our stories, and yet we write. What sustains us? What underlying theme, what ‘right’ words? What tenacity? I only know a few words at a time and write slowly. Best to you, Eden, in finding those words you want to share.

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    • Much love, Beth. I ‘m sorry for the misnomer “wrong words”. They were perfect words in the wrong place at the necessary time for me to deal with other emotional and personal issues. It was what I needed for a different purpose.

      Maybe some one else need them too; I don’t know. But I wasn’t about to make people live through some of what I wrote…

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