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  1. Garball

    Garball Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand. Supporter Contributor

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    I Think I Know How a Caged Animal Feels

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Garball, Sep 12, 2014.

    I want to write. I want to write. I WANT TO FUCKING WRITE!

    I have participated in flash. I have participated in a couple poems. Is it a release or a tease? All I want to do s freaking write. But, it takes something I haven't got. Time. Back and forth. Back and forth. If you entered my cage, I could mangle you. Unfortunately, I don't manage my own cage.

    Growl.

    Snarl.

    A minute at a time.

    A minute at a time.

    The frustration of a minute at a time makes me dread the hunt and starve for words. You watch me in a cage not knowing what I can release. Go ahead; ignore the signs; I'll make you famous. Or, you could give me the time to make you legend...
     
  2. Garball

    Garball Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand. Supporter Contributor

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    Did you hear about the serial killer who killed everybody who shared his junior high locker number? No? Sorry, I had to work.
     
  3. Mckk

    Mckk Moderator Staff Supporter Contributor

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    Lol. Why haven't you got time to write? Could you not set aside like 2 hours in the week, go to the library, lock the study room, stay up till 3am or whatever and do it? If it's kids, could you hire a babysitter or ask the in-laws, an aunt, a friend to take care of them? If it's work, could you take a day off? Call in sick?
     
  4. Nightstar99

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    Its an imperfect world.
     
  5. EdFromNY

    EdFromNY Hope to improve with age Supporter Contributor

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    @Garball, I know how you feel. I decided back in my twenties that I wanted to write a novel. But first I had to go to grad school. Then I realized universities weren't expanding faculties, they were reducing them. Didn't want to get the doctorate and not be able to use it, so I switched to business school - another 5 years and into my early thirties. Start career. Two kids born. Three more years. Wife decides to change HER career direction - three more years. Job change. Five more years, and now I'm in my 4os. Both kids with special needs. Write fiction? No, sorry, you have advocacy pieces to write, son, and parent trips to the state capital to organize and an agency to get involved in. Now, I'm writing fiction but stealing time late at night to do it. Another job change, a department to manage, major strategizing to do. Now, I'm nearly 50. Need to find a permanent placement for my oldest, more planning, more fighting. Corporate infighting on the job. More years slide by. Last straw hits back at age 56 and I go work for the government, getting my life back. But it was another five years before I had a completed novel (now being beta read) that was the novel I really wanted to write.

    I know. Sounds a little like a song by Five For Fighting. But here's the thing...those stolen writing sessions late at night kept me sane. My kids got the services they needed because of my advocacy. And while the advocacy stuff didn't help my prose style, the real life experiences I had along the way served up enough writing ideas to keep me busy until the day they carry me out of this life, feet first. Whenever that is.

    Write when you can. Read when you can. Laugh when you can and cry if you must. Never, ever, ever say the words, "if only." Do what ya gotta do. Live life and take lots of mental notes. Because when the deluge ends - and it will - you're writing will be all the better for it.

    Hang in there.
     
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    When I started writing and was tight for time, I quit reading for a while. Wouldn't want to do it forever, but it opened up some time temporarily.

    I also stopped watching TV, and only rarely watch movies.

    By stopping my consumption of other people's media, I found time to produce my own.
     
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    peachalulu Contributing Member Reviewer Contributor

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    I try to temporarily limit all my free activity to writing. No t.v., Goodbye Youtube - sob, no art - errgh. I sometimes also battle depression which eats up my time. It feels like the Nothing sweeping in to destroy Fantasia in the Never Ending Story. I wind up sitting and staring. I don't really have any advice or helpful words - just I know what you're going through. Don't lose heart. :)
     
  8. Lewdog

    Lewdog Come ova here and give me kisses! Supporter Contributor

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    I'm more of a free range writer.
     
  9. daemon

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    Then maybe you could answer the question on everyone's mind: why does the caged bird sing?
     
  10. Garball

    Garball Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand. Supporter Contributor

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    The bird is actually yelling for help, but I can see where you can get confused; it does sound like singing.
     
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