Wednesday, 3 November 2010

My nagging voice ought to study the dictionary ...

Lately, I've been hearing voices. Well, no, that's an exaggeration. I've been hearing 'A' voice. It doesn't say much. Well, not much at all. In fact, its range of vocabulary seems to be boiled down to one word. What do you think that word is? 'Write?' Right. But it's not just 'write', it's 'WRITE!!!' All those years of playing live gigs and destroying my hearing is nothing compared to this. I think I'm going to be deaf by year end, um, especially in my right ear. Hmm, perhaps I'm missing the point of my voice. Perhaps it's actually yelling 'RIGHT!!!' in my right ear, to let me know that it's my right ear. Gah. Yes, I can distinguish between the left and right ear, thank you very much. You know how? I can hear through my left one.
Anyway, enough banter, the point I'm making today is that I want to write ALLLLL THHHHEEEEE TIIIIIMMMMEEE. And that voice keeps prodding me, deafening me. But I can't. I have to work. Voice, did you read that? Can you read? I have to work! Stop bothering me until the week is out!!! I mean it. Otherwise, I'll 'write' you off, put you on the black list, never to step foot into my home again. I don't like naggers. And you nag. I'll get to my writing on Friday. Patience!!!

How do you cope the constant need to write when you can't?

PS: 'Something from the Attic', an anthology with one of my flash fiction pieces in it has been released today.


If you're interested in purchasing, you can CLICK HERE. Have a great day!!!

29 comments:

  1. I hear that voice as well and it makes me crazy when I'm at work! To stifle it just a little, I keep a notebook with me that I scribble in every chance I get.

    Congrats on the story! That cover is fantastic!

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  2. I hear that voice too, usually after two hours of not writing. I'm going away soon and am not planning to write. Instead, I'll catch up with my reading.

    Hmmm. Now that I think about it, that might be a little unrealistic. Five days of trying to ignore that voice might drive me insane. ;)

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  3. Congratulations on the anthology!
    Yeah, that damn pesky thing called work. Gets in the way all the time, doesn't it?

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  4. Congratulations on the anthology! The cover is gorgeous!

    My voice has been acting up, too. Must be something about NaNo. I keep a pen and paper nearby and I quiet her with hot chocolate.

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  5. Oooh pretty cover (congrats)! Yeah, I have to write notes on stickies or I'll lose my mind!

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  6. My desire to write seems to be inversely directly proportional to how much time I have to write.

    LOVE the cover of Something From the Attic. I would be pulling that off the shelf.

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  7. This post made me laugh! ("Right [ear]" -- LMAO!) Congrats on the release of the anthology -- I'm off to purchase my copy now. Shhhh...don't tell my hubby...#BudgetPromiseFail

    ((hugs)) Nicole

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  8. P.S. Bought my copy...and just pimped the Pill Hill anthologies on Twitter!

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  9. Congrats on your flash fiction!

    I wish I was hearing that voice lately. I haven't been inspired to work on my novel in weeks. I do write other stuff but it's not the same. Still, I'm not the kind of writer who forces it, so I'll just wait until I get that feeling back.

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  10. Voices, huh? You must all be crazy... ; 7

    When I work, all I hear the breathing of the silver stegosaurus that sits behind my back... I've never seen it but I just know that it juggles kaleidoscopes of fun things I could be doing instead of paying for my luxuries.

    Congrats for getting one of your pieces out there! : j

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  11. The voice usually wakes me up in the middle of the night. And I want to sneak out of bed. And write. Meh.

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  13. The voice sometimes comes just when I am about to fall asleep...you know that moment when you are just about to start snoring or dreaming...then somehow the voice wakes you up with an idea...then I've got to switch the lamp on and get my notepad and write it down. Then I will awake for the next two hours wanting to go back to my computer to type it all out, but I can't because the 'flesh' is just too weak :)

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  14. I don't cope, I just whine and complain about never having the time!

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  15. Urgh! What is it with these blasted day jobs, eh? I would so rather be writing at home, instead I'm pretending to work and reading the blogs of my friends, because at least that is REALTED to writing... unlike the paper I'm supposed to be drafting *shifty*

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  16. I scribble in notebooks. Sometimes not even whole lines, just little reminders of dialogue or scenes. Kind of works for me but it is SO frustrating to have the voices right there and willing but no outlet for it.

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  17. hi miss jessica! im gonna send you one of those old ear trumpets. ha ha. for me i dont have a job except school every day and thats at my house. but that teacher gives me lots of stuff to do so its sorta like having a job. mostly i do writing at night in our kitchen cause someones always on the computer. last night one of the raccoons i feed came in and i gave her strawberry jelly and she jumped on the table and got strawberry foot prints all on my writing. arrrgh! i hope that voice gets more quiet for you so you could do your work. try bribing it with some chocolate. ha ha.
    ...big hugs from lenny

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  18. It's so hard, isn't it?

    I craft little paragraphs in my mind and play out the storyline! Good luck! :)

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  19. You've hit the nail on the head here - it's a nagging voice... so I react as I used to when my mum nagged me: I just let it wash over me, mumble: 'In a minute,' and carry on with whatever pointless pursuit I am in the midst of (and it isn't always work!)

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  20. Congrats, Jessica. Cover is awesome. And yes, that voice can be a nuisance when you can't pay attention to it.
    Karen

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  21. I carry a notepad in my bag. Should I get a flash of inspiration, I scribble it down. I have often pretended to friends I am taking note of a phone number. They do not understand my need to write.

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  22. Hard question. Honestly, I suck at waiting. I swear I feel anxious and nauseous when I want to write but can't. Music sometimes helps me. OR...if I can just jot down a few notes. I think my fear is that I'll forget what I wanted to write.

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  23. Congrats on the anthology!
    My cure for the voice is a notebook. I know Stephen King says that's a good way to "immortalize bad ideas", BUT it also relieves the pent up need to write in the middle of the night, at the PTA meeting...in the car rider line...etc.

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  24. Awesome picture!

    Writing all the time can be dangerous to your health. Really. I'm much happier when I have balance in my life. But I do need to finish my book. Balance can get in the way of a deadline.:)

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  25. Congratulations on your publication!

    The voice and I often compromise. I'll agree a timetable in advance and ask it to stop nagging me at work and other boring activities. It doesn't always obey, though. LOL.

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  26. That's a great looking cover, congratulations on the publication!

    Sometimes I wish I could just leave my job to write, but I need to keep the lights on to write. It's a tug of war between "responsibility" and my destiny.

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  27. I've always thought it was amusing that write and right sometimes share the same meaning!

    When I was in a situation where I wanted to write, but couldn't, I'd make little notes on post-its or scraps of paper so that later on when I was in front of the computer I could write.

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  29. I'm fairly lucky in that most of what I do involves writing. If I'm not doing NaNo stuff, I'm writing a blogpost or a review, or I'm writing for my webcomic, or writing up some research for my Egyptology thesis. So my own internal drill instructor it satiated and doesn't yell at me too often :P

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