Why I suck at being a fiction writer
March 20, 2017
I think I’m too analytical. Like, I have a hard time making shit up. It’s not that I’m not creative, it’s just that I imagine so many things in my head that I can’t bear to write just one…
But can I?
Being organized actually helps with that. Plotting out my stories and knowing how things will end is a fun approach. It definitely makes the process faster. I kind of HAVE to systematically decide what’s going to happen next, rather than randomly getting lost in a sea of what-if’s.
But now I’m in way over my head. I’m building a world for a book I’m writing and it’s ridiculously complicated, you know, like a world should be.
Only mine is a little less complicated than the world we live in now. It takes place in the year 3070, during the fall of the global matriarchy. Life is pretty simple when women are in charge.
Women get shit done in a way that’s more often fair to everyone. We currently have a world that has an imbalance of power. My world is also imbalanced, but it’s in the opposite direction. In fact, in some ways it’s worse than the world you and I are living in. Especially if you’re male. But in many many ways it’s a better place to live.
Of course there’s a love story in this book and I’m hoping in the end that both worlds (the real and the fake) will be a better place when it’s published.
And of course, there’s a spreadsheet involved, so that if I change something, I can keep track of it all.
Because I’m me, and maybe sucking at fiction writing is all the motivation I need to not suck at it.
And to tell the truth, I’m not really sucking at it, I’m just unsatisfied with my progress, not that that’s a bad thing.
I have like 6 fiction works out there and I’m bringing in close to $200 a month from them, each one is a little more popular than the one before. That’s not actually sucking for a self-published author.
This one will be released under my name, though, so it has to be perfect.
On a side note, the kids and I have been having a blast lately, if anyone reading this lives in Seattle and has kids, I strongly urge you to get a membership to the MoPop (formerly EMP) and while you’re there, check out the Rube Goldberg exhibit.
Just to bring you back to the beginning of this story, I think the world is a little bit like a Rube Goldberg machine right now. The real world, not the global matriarchy, that one isn’t very complicated at all.
Since this was pretty short, here is an amazing Rube-Goldberg-ish video that’s not entirely relevant but it’s only 4 minutes long and I guarantee you’ll stay interested for at least 2 minutes, but watch the whole thing, trust me.