Painting and Writing

I’ve recently started experimenting with acrylic pour painting. Today’s blog focuses on one aspect that fascinates me , people like what I would paint over.

Not the one I was going to paint over.

I’m not going to try and explain what acrylic pour painting is. I’ll show you a couple of examples. If you are interested, a simple search on the ‘u Tubes will show you more than you ever wanted.

The whole fam damily tries it out.

As you can see the results are highly varied and each person likes or dislikes the paintings as they see fit. One of the components of this painting style is, if you don’t like it, you can easily paint over it. This takes us to our point: Don’t paint over what other people like.

I made a piece that I didn’t like. Getting ready to paint over it, my spouse said, “What? That’s beautiful, don’t paint over it.” Shocked I said, “But I don’t like it.”

Then I stopped. Everyone’s taste is different. People appreciate different aspects of abstract painting. I showed it to a second person, who didn’t know the reaction of the first person. They liked it. I can’t understand why these people like this piece. I doubt I ever will. But it caused me to think if I do the same thing in my writing.

Have I scrapped or trashed scenes because I won’t like them in real life? I have a tendency to avoid the awkward squeamish scenes from ‘reality’ tv shows. Have I avoided writing the super embarrassing confrontation because I wouldn’t like it in real life? Even now, years removed from a situation, I cringe at my actions, and naivete. Even though it’s the perfect example of what I’m talking about, I can’t write about it.

From what I have read, and talking to other authors, there comes a time when you don’t like what you’re writing. It’s all garbage, I can’t write, why am I even doing this writing thing? Stop and get some perspective. This may mean giving it to someone else to read, or just shelving it for two weeks until you are in a better frame of mind.

My favorite is, “I hate the PoV, I’m going re-write it.” Next time, consider, maybe the PoV is fine, and you’re just squeamish about having to submit it. Or afraid of being rejected. To the best of my knowledge, to be an author means dealing with rejection from publishers, editors, agents. It’s part of the writing process. Embrace it.

You’re not always right about your own art, at least I’m not.

Be Well…dcd

Better to submit…

Well, for better or worse, the first submission is in.  For some reason I became roadblocked on being able to edit the story any further.  I knew there were, there are, parts that are just bad.

But, better to submit. The deadline was less than two weeks away and I knew that I was just going to procrastinate and not get any writing done. I am better for shipping it off then wasting time non-editing. Big thanks to Courtney for giving me the final kick and just send it in. She’s a Mom, gamer, writer and a member of WWP, my Monday night writing group.

Although this was just a short story, it showed me that there are many muscles to writing that I haven’t discovered yet.

Here’s the short list:

  • Just because I think that writing in second person is really cool. Doesn’t mean I can write in second person. Baby steps. First person, third person. The basics.
  • I had fun writing and researching the story. Writing is fun  and I enjoy it.
  • What ever “resistance” is, I understand that it is the enemy of the writer, more than writer’s block. In my case it impairs my writing more than lack of discipline. More on this in the coming weeks.
  • My wife is far more patient than I realized.

But why is it better to submit?

It’s better because submitting the story gets me one step closer to being a published writer. If you never submit you never get published. Part of being a writer is being published. For me, I know that I won’t get better unless I go through the whole of the process. You need all the skills of a writer to be a better writer and that includes the submission process. It means the idea, researching, outlining writing and editing phases are completed.

More importantly, it takes it out of my hands. I’m done with it. If by some miracle it gets accepted, then I will learn a whole new set of skills. Working with an editor. Which I will bore you all with.

It also forced me to write a cover letter for this anthology submission, including a short bio. One thing I have learned is that many writers, hate bio’s. Hate is not strong enough for some of them. It is a reality of being a writer in this day age. Here’s mine, feel free to laugh, I know I did.

Douglas had his first detention in kindergarten for colouring outside the lines. It was also his last. (The jury is still out if this was good or bad)

A remedial reader until the summer between Grade six and Grade seven, when his concerned parents bought him a subscription to Sports Illustrated. (Pre-Swim Suit Era thank-you very much). 

In grade seven he discovered he was an advanced reader and found Heinlein. He proceeded to devour all manners of Science Fiction and Fantasy. His selfie with Guy Gavriel Kay this past summer is one of his treasures. We all need heroes, especially in this day and age. 

An unpublished writer currently, his primary goal for this writing year are rejections for his novels “Engine Failure – Book One of the System War” and “Markaz: The First City” (Book one of the Four Magics Series). All authors he respects have rejections.

By day Douglas works in Information Systems at a Law Firm. At night he writes when his cat Jaeger allows. Unless he is playing Uber Driver for his youngest son. 

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Be Well… dcd