Sunday, November 13, 2005

An Open Letter to my Readers

Dear Readers,
A lot has happened since I shifted this blog purely into a story-telling tool. Earthquakes, Hurricanes, wars, birth, death, and everything in between. But a few things have happened which actually have something to do with this blog, and those are the things I need your advice on.
If you know me, you know that I believe my writing doesn't come from me - it seems to come from some mysterious outside source I've dubbed my muse. She's tempermental and demanding, but until recently, she's been working for me rather than in other way around.
At some point in the last couple months, that stopped happening. It's taken me a while to figure out what she's been saying to me, but now I think it's pretty clear: You'll write what I want you to write, or I won't give you any more ideas.
This puts me in something of a fix, because she wants me to start five or six different stories and not finish any of them. Day after day I'm bombarded with incredible new ideas which I don't nearly have the time to write. My "idea file" have grown enormous. And try as I might, I cannot write another dragon story post without her inspiration. (Actually I've written several. They all sucked and I deleted them.)
So the way I see it, I have several options, none of them particularly good. I know the few readers I still have (how many of you are there now, three?) will kill me if I start another story, but I'm afraid of losing all this inspiration. Here's what I propose - I take a hiatus from the dragon story during which I edit, rewrite, and divide into decent length chapters what I already have. While this is going on, I will work on City of Mages, which will, eventually provide an outlet for many of my other story ideas (they can be adapted to the COM world.) Until December 1st, I will also be working on College essays and the Mirror of Truth play, so things may not move along much. After that, we'll see. Please comment to tell me what you trhink of this, and also, if you read this at all please comment to let me know you do.


Anonymous said...

Your temperamental muse- court her, and she'll respond. Try just thinking of the story, imagine the characters, whenever you have a free moment. It works for me. I'd just hate to never read the end of the dragon story.

Erin said...

Sounds good to me. As long as you give us a recap of the dragon story when it starts up again. I like CoM a lot. Listen to your Muse; if you don't she will smite you. *sigh* Muses. They're all prima donnas.

wings said...

yes, recap would be good.

Whatever you post, Nate, I will read. There are two basic reasons for this: 1) I love to read your stuff 2) You're my cousin and I love you. So I will remain a devoted reader no matter what happens :D

Although, I'm more interested when I can remember what is going on in the story... :P

paul said...

You should trick your muse into coming up with a "new" story that "starts" where the old one stopped. 4.

Pirate_King said...

Obviously, you have to write for your muse, not for us. Our opinions shouldn't enter into what you decide to write. We're only here to tell you what we think after you've already written.