Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Rating My Own "Write Anyways"

Yeah, so I caused a hub-bub. Been there, done that... probably going to do it again. Oh, but what hub-bub? Maybe you didn't ask that, but I'm going to assume that you did, despite my disdain for assumptions. Nyah.

Writing, that's what. In case you missed it, I wrote a piece concerning some philosophies I have toward the act of writing. Quick summary: 1) If you want to write, then write. 2) Writer's block doesn't exist. 3) Most of what you write will be crap. 4) Type even when you think of nothing. You can read the original rant here: On Writing: A Philosophy.

To punch those points home, I followed that one up with a list of 11 recent things I've written under the auspices of "type even when you think of nothing." That list is here: Write Anyways.

Naturally (well, in retrospect... I honestly felt that the topic would go away... wrong again!), several people emailed and/or called and asked which of those 11 pieces I felt were crap and which I felt were decent. When I said which were which, I got some strange reactions followed by more questions. So... I'm going to offer a cursory glance at my opinions of my own writing (which, believe it or not, I find rather odd to be doing):

First, the ones I like:
  • Uriah and Uriel: A Dialogue - this one wrote itself, and since it marks the first time that's ever happened to me, I'm rather partial to it.
  • Murder Mystery: An Exercise in Plot Creation - this one also wrote itself and reveals a sentiment that (I believe) all writers have.
  • Judicial Contempt - I'm actually on the fence with this one, but it's a companion to "Uriah and Uriel: A Dialogue," so I put it in this list.
  • Candy Girl - the twist came out of nowhere and was a lot better than where I thought the story was going.
Now, the ones I don't like:
  • Shadow and Sign - chaotic and unclear... definitely not into this one.
  • Overthought and Underdead - there's something to this one, but it's not quite right... something went unsaid, if that makes sense.
  • Go Tell It On the Molehill - to be honest, I find this one a bit charming, even though it's a bit false in sentiment.
  • Gaia's Lust - I'm guessing I was on a Greek Mythology kick. Oh, wait... I'm always on a Greek Mythology kick.
  • F-ing Up - basically transcribed (and fictionalized) a real conversation... more an exercise and less an actual attempt at writing.
  • His Wings Were Not Armor - had high hopes for this one, but my aim was low.
And one I didn't like, but after thinking about where the story will go, I now like:
  • The Window Blinks When the Mirror Sees - of course, this doesn't mean the rest of the story will be any good... still, it proves a point I try to make: what's written can be worked on; what's not written has no chance.
There's also been a new "Write Anyway" since I posted the list (The Scheherazadi, Part I), and I kinda like it.

What does this all mean? Not a damn thing, really. I'm just one opinion among, what? 7 billion? But I was asked, so there's my answer.


  1. as they're all just short pieces--kind of a glimmer of the potential of something bigger--i find it interesting that there is such a hubub...some i like better than others, but what's best in them is the writing...there's some serious skill!

  2. Somehow I missed the first piece "On Writing : A Philosophy" and therefore I am delighted your current post has pointed me back in the direction of what is an awful lot of very good sense.