I consider this blog half-anonymous. I don't really care, at this point, who knows me, but I do try not to let my clients know that I write, just for business purposes. Gotta keep up the illusion that I do nothing but my job, I'm that dedicated. Well, heck, I do day-job a TON, a job that never stops. What can you d?
"They" say that every author needs to write that one sorta autobiographical book. I wrote mine under the shelter of anonymity, and I know I wouldn't have had the guts to share that publicly.
Anonymity does have big drawbacks. Just today, I finished a story that was formulaic and ... well, there was just nothing different about it. It's easier to put out less than your best when you're anonymous. I really have to work on creativity.
How do you guys do it?
It's so hard! I don't do writer's groups. Partly because I prefer to write erotica under a pseudonym, partly because I have a problem. I have this insane belief if someone thought of an idea, then it's not original enough. I know it's stupid, because there are so many people in this world that are smarter and more creative than I am. But there you have it.
Ah well. I watched an inspiring biography of Stephen King last night. I love that he desperately wrote fast for rent money and food money. That's me! He wrote brilliantly, though. Me, on the other hand ... sometimes I feel like I'm spinning out formulaic crap.
Do you guys ever feel like that?
Oh, and what do you consider prolific? How many words a day/week/month/year? Just curious!
And how do you push yourself to the next level of writing? How do you make yourself better?