One of the big benefits of visiting blogs is that you can think about writing problems in terms of someone else – and then you realize the same solutions apply to your writing problems. Somewhere I commented that I have a real problem with authority telling me what to do (the context was GPS navigation systems) when I realized that maybe this was at the root of my procrastination problems, too. My Girls are in rebellion against the Inner Censor. Continue reading
Damon Knight, who wrote Creating Short Fiction, talked about collaborating with “Fred”. Stephen King talks about “the boys in the basement” in On Writing, and Jennifer Crusie talks about “the girls in the basement.” All are different ways of referring to the subconscious part of the mind that comes up with the story part of the book.
“The Girls in the Basement: don’t get in their way.” is one of Jenny’s favorite themes. But sometimes . . . the Girls don’t seem to know what they are doing, either. Continue reading