Saturday, December 28, 2013

Wrote a story inspired by Reddit wondering if the title should honor that or if it will get me sued

I have managed to get quite addicted to Reddit and enjoyed just lurking on the website for ages before I finally felt compelled to register and comment. There is a gonewild section in which women very willingly post pictures of themselves naked some show just a little and others show everything, including their face. I have to admit this fascinated me. Sure, I've seen girls gone wild video commercials and just assumed liquor was involved. These pictures are done without liquor and most of the women seem normal and many very attractive. 

I've been complimented on my features before but the very idea of posting pictures of myself just doesn't appeal. So I have to admit, I spent hours on the gonewild section, attempting to figure out why women felt compelled to do what they were doing. This of course started my mind going, how could I make this into a story and before I knew it the story started coming. It just poured out and I know I shouldn't have favorites but of the seven I have finished it's my second favorite. It practically wrote itself and it goes deeper I think, than some of the others. 

The only problem is the title is always the hardest part for me and the few titles I thought fit have been used in abundance already. I don't want to get lost among them, nor be accused of attempting to ride the coattails of the other stories. The one title I'm thinking of is Abby Gonewild, I don't mention Reddit by name but it's pretty obvious. I have checked for the username she will use and it isn't currently used, am thinking of holding it just in case (okay just did.) So will this get me sued or does it even matter?

Monday, December 23, 2013

I always thought writing was the hard part, I was sooo wrong

I always thought writing thought was the hard part, writing the stories though has actually been the easiest the part. Now that I'm finished it's the editing, an evil and awful thing that makes me want to scream-and not in a good way. I read them over and over and still there's something I've missed each time. I thought I was a perfectionist I'm starting to doubt that as I'm ready to say fuck it and just put it all up without looking at any of the stories ever again. 

Here's the thing, I've finished seven so far and some came easy, others needed coaxing but I finally have enough work that I think will sustain me and any readers I might actually get for a little while. But it just feels like the more I edit so I can put it all up, hopefully by Feb, but at this point probably March the more it feels like it's all not done. It is so frustrating, I want to put out quality and I hate every error I find but I'm beginning to wonder how long it will take for just one to be perfect. Is perfect possible? I don't know, I just don't know. 

There's also this maddening wondering of, is this good enough? Will it all be for nothing? It's funny, I just read what I thought was a really great book and it's so good I feel the need to review to give the writer props and I see this rude review and I'm thinking, WTF? There will always be detractors there's no doubt about it. I remember reading once that you have to be almost insanely egotistical to ignore those that will try and pull you down. Umm, I've never been one for ego, so much so I am now worried about how others will feel about my work if someone didn't like a book I read that I liked so this doesn't bode for me. 

Added to that, another story started but has sputtered because I've been sick and busy, I hate that. It's the absolute worst feeling. This writing thing, yeah this shit is hard.