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Work Room - Week 8

No Mentor this week.

But the new topic is up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/977744.html

So this is definitely the space to talk about that, and perhaps hash some stuff out.


As I was about to post this, I encountered an article that made me think of a quite a few writers I've known over the years, and their struggles: https://writingcooperative.com/writing-through-depression-6042ed15e946#.huqqld43f

I was also saw something about "tips for writers". But the only one that I really thought was worth sharing (that wasn't completely cliched) was to KEEP PUSHING YOURSELF. Not just against the forces that make you want to not keep moving forward (see above) but also to be better, to take that limit of what you *think* you can do, and keep pushing at that wall until it breaks.

How are you going to push yourself this week?


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Feb. 6th, 2017 01:23 am (UTC)


Feb. 6th, 2017 03:13 am (UTC)
Re: ...



(sorry, I couldn't resist).
Feb. 6th, 2017 01:31 am (UTC)
Feb. 6th, 2017 01:36 am (UTC)
Followed the link. Great reflection on coping with depression.
Feb. 6th, 2017 02:14 am (UTC)
Great article - I'm sharing it with a friend of mine.
Feb. 6th, 2017 02:37 am (UTC)
As to the topic, I have nada.
Feb. 6th, 2017 03:14 am (UTC)
I don't have any ideas yet, except for a press conference scenario. That would be rather cliche' though.

Trying to explain the topic to yamyam_kat is a little more difficult.
Feb. 6th, 2017 03:25 am (UTC)
Aw! I can't wait to see what yamyam_kat comes up with. (Big smile)
Feb. 6th, 2017 11:59 am (UTC)
A press conference scenario is not a bad idea actually.
Feb. 6th, 2017 05:10 am (UTC)
I follow Neil Gaiman on Tumblr, and he always gets questions about writing. His advice is to just write. Don't worry about anything other than the writing. Once you are done, then you can worry about cleaning it up and where it goes in the story.
Feb. 6th, 2017 01:11 pm (UTC)
"Just write" is like "just sit" in that it sounds simple until you try it. I struggle with both. Since I can't engrave those sayings in letters of gold like they do in The Arabian Nights I may have a new cross-stitch sampler project.
Feb. 6th, 2017 02:38 pm (UTC)
"just keep breathing"
Feb. 6th, 2017 07:12 pm (UTC)
Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.
Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.
Feb. 6th, 2017 12:15 pm (UTC)
-Searching for references lead me to a twitter handle :@nocomment (https://twitter.com/nocomment?lang=en) It's basically videos with no commentary.

-"Let the picture do the talking" is one tagline I came across. And it could be associated with Gary's dream of everyone of us posting pictures as entries.
(This is totally me deducing it, Gary needs to confirm/deny if it's true/untrue..or he may just choose not to comment :P)

- Something you rather not talk about (personal/political/traditions.)
Feb. 6th, 2017 02:37 pm (UTC)
That would be a nightmare of inaccessibility to our blind readers and those using viewers. So no, definitely NOT my intent or dream for that to happen.
Feb. 6th, 2017 03:04 pm (UTC)
Sorry..That didn't cross my mind. Thanks!
Feb. 7th, 2017 08:03 pm (UTC)
I went there there too! I'm still at a loss for ideas here ( a rarity) and thought of the same!!! ;)
Feb. 6th, 2017 05:38 pm (UTC)

writing through depression is something I can use some advice on rn

I actually felt like maybe I should use a bye this week without even trying because I can feel myself giving up on a lot of things and just feel kind of numb

so thanks for the reminder to push against the walls of my limitiations

Edited at 2017-02-06 05:39 pm (UTC)
Feb. 6th, 2017 05:51 pm (UTC)
*raises hand* ... me too.

Been really really struggling with Dad's death and my SAD combined. Then there is always other issues (work, relationship, kids, etc.) that keep my brain in constant disarray.

Don't use a bye unless you have to. I volunteer to beta for you if you want/need. Try to get some ideas out--and then just write on one.

Feb. 6th, 2017 11:28 pm (UTC)

Thank you, I appreciate this comment

Brain hurts but not giving up

:hug returned: I'm sorry about your dad

Feb. 7th, 2017 12:04 am (UTC)
That next Friday thing is just really good because I need some time with this.

I almost feel EVERYONE should bye out, as that is a true no comment. But n... no, not that.
Feb. 7th, 2017 11:18 am (UTC)
Late comers club here.

It also could be LJ-related, or just blogging, on the occasions when you switch comments off or merely don't appreciate them.

I have two degrees of this: a mild one where I screen all comments, and then sometimes when I need to get something off my chest when I switch them off.

Going in this direction we have the miscommunication issues: not wanting to talk about 'it', pressuring someone into talking ('for their own good'), not talking 'out of turn', misreading what 'good' and 'turn' are, and so on and so forth.
Feb. 7th, 2017 07:13 pm (UTC)
My first reaction to the topic was that after nearly 12 years of working in child care, I have so many stories that have left me thinking, "Uhhh, yeah I got nothin'."

I might write about a few of those. Nothing else is inspiring me at the moment.
Feb. 7th, 2017 08:09 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of going meta and using how I always have to have a comment or the last word for everything. I don't ever NOT have a comment about something. I'm rarely nonplussed- I have to consciously choose to keep my mouth shut.
Feb. 9th, 2017 05:08 pm (UTC)
I decided to write a song about "No Comment". Yay, I have now written the song. What are some of the ways people have succesfully shared their songs with the community? I know there are several songwriters playing, because I have enjoyed their songs!

thanks for any suggestions . :)
Feb. 9th, 2017 08:13 pm (UTC)
Urgh. I just came to say I'm totally blocked up and just... yeah. Then one of these comments made me think I should just go for an original drawing of some sort. Then I realized 1) that's not writing, and 2) I'd have like 24 hours to bust that out, and I'm not sure I can.

Double urgh.
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