Scribing and Imbibing

June 11, 2008

In Which the Writer Learns that Despite Indications, He's a Control Freak

Filed under: Craft,Frustration,Writing — Rich @ 12:09 pm

Those who know me know that I am not, in most ways, an organized or tidy person. Laundry gets done “whenever”; my desks at home and work are horrific masterpieces of “three-dimensional filing”; I’m bad about keeping up with my paper mail, or for that matter much of the non-radioactive correspondence I engage in, whether paper- or electron-based. I do like to keep myself well-groomed and clean (and have been accused of being a snappier-than-necessary dresser on more than one occasion), but on the whole my life is an ever-developing collision of well-adjusted, shrug-and-grin messes.

When writing, though, I find that the smallest questions I can’t answer, the tiniest continuity or worldbuilding niggles that crop up, stop prose production cold while I chase down answers: metallurgy? speciation? optics? orbital mechanics? thermodynamics? story structure? characterization? timeline tweaks? All fodder for my stop-working-and-get-the-plan-right bug.

Analysis paralysis? Oh, yes. But there’s also a surprising perfectionism to the process that tells me I need to smack my internal editor around a bit and just get more writing done.




  1. Poor Rich. Wifey is not a neatnik, either!

    Comment by Amy — June 11, 2008 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

  2. Aw…It’s hard to grapple with reality. You know, I recently discovered that I am a Type-A personality.


    Comment by anglobaptist — June 19, 2008 @ 11:09 pm | Reply

  3. Stay away from my thermodynamics!

    You the writie programie guy.

    I’m the thermo guy.


    Comment by Matt — June 23, 2008 @ 9:59 pm | Reply

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