When I get stuck in my writing and believe that I’ve written myself into a dead end, I’ll save that version of the draft and start a new one. Sometimes I go back and delete a few paragraphs, sometimes I radically change everything and simply start from the beginning. When I start from the beginning I like to go back to the old draft where I can copy/paste sections that were well written, just put in the wrong context. It makes the writing faster so you can get to the new parts.
Recently, I’ve finally reached beyond the point where the last draft ended and now I must write everything from scratch once again. It is equal parts tiring, and exciting.
Last week I graduated from Missouri Western State University with a 4-year Bachelor degree of fine arts, majoring in Graphic Design. Surprisingly enough, I managed the feat in 4 years time. (Due to the hassle of Gen Eds, and all around necessary amount of credit hours, a 4 year program is taking 5-6 years nowadays.) Also, despite my final semester being the hardest and most stressful with thick layers of self doubt and deadlines of impending doom, I know that I managed to pass with straight A’s. The first semester of my entire college career that I received straight A’s. Weird.
I keep telling myself that since college is now out of the way I’ll have more time to focus on various fields of interest. Writing and illustration especially. However, I recently had 6 days off of work – that’s 6 days of no work, no school, no responsibilities – and all I accomplished was finishing a video game and immediately buying the sequel to start on that. (Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky. A more traditional RPG. I like it.) Perhaps school wasn’t the thing that was holding me back from productivity.
I hope to (once again) revive this blog into something worthwhile. The only way to get my name out there is to have it present and active. Keyword being active. Figure out what I want it to look like. Too bad I haven’t really been able to give myself any ideas.
You’ll always be your own worst client.