Moody Mondays and writing as Personal Health Care?

When long-term therapy is limited by the insurance powers that be, try writing a novel instead?

–For the record, I have found writing to be a balm, in fact, but in combination with other tools, particularly journalling of various kinds…

And here is how that went, in 2012: My novel, originally titled Angels: Friends or Foes? became Creator: FoF? and ended up, after six revisions, as just a novella, with a new name (likely a result of the nearly two year time span between November 2012 and finally ‘finishing’ this novella.

How (NOT) to Write a Practice Novella: “Creator, Foe”

And here is a novella version (of my 2012 novel), about 35k words, of Book1, with the sex, poetry and more torn out.

Creator, Foe

ShiraDestinie, 26.9.12014 H.E.

The last version of the  novella, actually at 60k words: CFoF CFoFNovella toPost

So, it turns out that editing a pants novel from 50k to 80k then to 75k words each draft is not the best way for me to write a book.  More on my continuing striving with writing next time, friends:

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25 thoughts on “Moody Mondays and writing as Personal Health Care?

  1. Good morning! I think that inasmuch as each work of fiction is unique, the method of creating it is unique as well. Just like finding their own voice, writers find their own method of drafting, re-writing, editing, etc.
    Off to work – have a wonderful day!
    Air hugs,

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    1. Boker Tov, Dolly!
      Good point, though I’d like to spend far less time figuring out the tools for my creative activity so that I can just create!
      Hope you had a good day at work and at rest!
      Safe Air Hugs to you and yours!

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      1. Boker tov, dear Shira!
        I totally agree with you; all those tools are simply personal creative approaches. You do what feels good to you!
        Stephen King was once conducting a writing seminar attended by literally hundreds of prospective writers. He started by saying, “You think you are writers? Then what are you dong here? Go home, sit down and write!”
        I think it’s the best advice ever given to writers, because, as the great violin teacher Stolyarsky (who hardly spoke any language but Yiddish, yet produced such virtuosos as David Oystrach) said, “Talent is like money; either you have it, or if you don’t, it’s too bad.” It does sound funnier in Yiddish.
        Much love,

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          1. Hemingway is the author of another famous line: “I just start writing whatever comes into my head, and when I finish, I go back to beginning and cut the crap.”
            I wish more writers had courage to go back and do that!
            Have a wonderful day,

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            1. Ah, ok! I just remember his remark about the weather! 🙂
              I’d have thought that all writers must edit, re-write, cut, and write again in order to get published?
              Have a good evening, (?)

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            2. I don’t know what all writers do to get published, but my start was as a reporter, rather than a fiction writer, and reporters work on deadline. I never had time for re-writes, and to edit on an old-fashioned Russian mechanical typewriter (the click-clack type) was practically impossible. I also had no time for so-called writer blocks, if I wanted to keep assignments coming. So I developed writing discipline pretty early, and it stayed with me. But again, I have not written fiction other than a few short stories that circulated underground because they were thinly disguised political satire. Poetry too, of course, but that’s a different story.
              Enjoy your evening, dear Shira.
              Air hugs,

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            3. Yet you survived, escaped, and have both knowledge to share with us, from those experiences, and also the lessons learned from those experiences: together with your love, that makes wisdom!
              Much love to you as well,

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    1. Thank you, JeanMarie: I also write poetry, but I do not generally like to share most of my poems. I wish I could say that I had friends with whom I could share my thoughts in long emails, but my friends seem not to understand my thinking, or at least not to share my ways of thinking, so I find myself in need of others means of salvation.
      I don’t think I finished the novella so much as abandoned it, since I realized that it was not going to arrive at any of my goals. But the writing of it was a useful point of departure for learning.
      And thank you, again, for being interested enough to read, comment, and to share your own processes. It makes me consider whether I should give any of my old friends another try via email.
      Very warmest regards,

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  2. That is some impressive therapy!

    If writing poetry or blogging (I tried writing fiction, but I’m bad at it and find it exhausting), I write under the assumption that it will be read by other people and I don’t write with the intention of it being therapeutic. But sometimes, I re-read the draft and realize it was therapy writing all along, just with added imagery or humor to be (hopefully) entertaining to someone else who is not me.

    Sometimes, I realize it was therapy midway through the draft. Then I have to go back and give everybody fake names.

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    1. Ah! I never use real names, and in fact the people generally take the shape of monsters or some other type of character, rather than the ‘real’ person, so that is not a problem with me, but my problem is that I almost always find too much darkness creeping into even a story I intend to be light.

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