Status Quo (14/11)

I will not keep you long tonight. For there is very little to report.


I had a post lined up, and it was going to dive into the genesis of this novel, from the original idea, to the original ideas, and so forth, but tonight I had a slight catastrophe befall me. There was a point, as I was running around a park earlier this week, when I found myself thinking about writing, and the process of drafts that I have going. I have created a draft document for each day’s progress, so that should something go wrong, I’m only a day behind at worst. In the times before computers (but not before writing), this was impossible, and if you lost a manuscript, then you had LITERALLY lost it.


Well, I haven’t lost my manuscript. But I did lose today’s pages. I’m going to go sulk now.

~ by nick on November 14, 2013.

5 Responses to “Status Quo (14/11)”

  1. Gah, imagine literally losing your manuscript. Gosh, that’s so horrifying.

    A book I love has a writer as it’s main character, and after writing lots of short stories and poems, she writes her first novel. She gives it to her trusted boy friend to read it, and give her an honest opinion of it, and he tells her it was trashy. She is devastated, and later burns it.

    Of course, after a while, he reveals that he really thought it was completely wonderful, and was worried that it would take her away from him – he is horror-struck when she says that she burned it.

    I thought that was the most awful thing ever someone could do – to denigrate something someone has created, leading them to destroy it. I was so sad for that heroine, although luckily, she went on to write something else which was a bestseller and made her famous.

    • It is an extremely terrifying prospect. That story you just related is the most unsettling story I’ve read in a while.

      The same scenario holds true with anything that is created, but I guess that writing is one of the few that is an abstract creation whose form is restrained on something so flimsy and flammable. Music and writing – with both music and words, the delivery of your creation is in the recital (I have to read out loud – leave me alone). And if the medium is burnt, lost, UN-SAVED, then it’s almost as if it never was.


  2. Wait, does that mean if I tell Nick his story is trashy, he’ll probably become famous?

    • This is a very likely outcome.

      However, for it to be 100% effective, you need to administer it at a time when I am unable to write, and then the motivation and resolve that benefit from it, will re-shape reality.

      “It is not the spoon that bends, it is the mind of the audience.”
      (that’s one of my soon-to-be-famous quotes, from when I am famous)

  3. […] I was half-right, half-wrong about the silver lining I had identified after “The Disaster“. […]

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