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Nano day 2 – procrastinate

Nov 2, 2009 | linguistics, Writing, Nanowrimo | 1 comment

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I procrastinated to death today.
I cleaned the kitchen and bathroom – to let my stories flex and write them in my head today.  I can’t work out why, but despite feeling I was ready and desperate to write, the last day or two has been like pulling teeth.  The voices still haven’t quite settled into what they want – and forcing them into translation is impossible.

I understand the theory of it – there’s no way to impose a linguistic structure on anything with any expectation of authenticity, if it isn’t the right structure – you can’t use words that don’t fit with the contextual or thought patterns of the character – and I think that would break a story far worse than a contrived plot, or unbelievable set of circumstances.

Though, you could also argue that a book is simply the reenactment of a story, and actors adopt different linguistic and positional structures all the time, so on the flip side, a linguistically altered book may hold more true than one that’s entirely, and accurately authentic to the underlying concept.

And why yes, I’m still dodging the writing 😉

Nanowrimo day 2 Word Count – 1355 – pitiful, and only some added to Values.

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This is one of my harder blog posts to write, because though I talk – a lot – about the impact my mental health has on my day to day life, and has done for a while, I’m pretty sure that this is the bit no one really understands, causes the most…misunderstanding and I hope, because I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, they can’t relate to. If you didn’t know that psychosis was a feature of my mental health diagnosis, or didn’t understand if you’d heard it mentioned before now, please…don’t start changing your opinion of me. That’s the biggest reason those of us with serious mental health issues aren’t as open as society needs. Because we lose people.