'Fess Up Friday: Falling Short

I hope my 'Fess Up Friday (see May 4 post) isn't going to be a series of lame and somewhat masochistic reports of inactivity. But Week 2 is certainly no poster child for Successful Authorship.

1. Last Sat. I met a friend at a mystery bookstore for a signing and reading of two local writers I'm very interested in. The event, however, was cancelled. I did manage to find a lovely collection of James Cain novels and an Inspector Maigret paperback. But not meeting one writer in particular, Domenic Stanberry, was very disappointing.

2. I managed to open my draft of my novel. It was like a vampire hunter opening Dracula's crypt -- the light burned my eyes. Had to back away.

Here is a writing tip for everyone else who can maybe actually benefit from it. Courtesy of BlogLily's Writing Stats, which is fabulously inspirational:

Remember, it is no sign of weakness or defeat that your manuscript ends up in need of major surgery. This is a common occurrence in all writing, and among the best writers.

Oh, and I'm adding this from Yogamum. There are some FABULOUS'Fess Up posts out there, everyone. I'm so glad...they are really going to help me, for one.

Today’s exercise is this: in five minutes, write as many beginnings as you can that have to do with food. Write one, two, eleven, whatever you can do. Again, by a “beginning” I mean anything from a sentence fragment to three full sentences, but no more than that per beginning.


Dark Orpheus said...


I have to write my 'Fess Up Friday soon!

Courtney said...

hmmm. I'd better get to my novel soon, before I have a similar reaction. It seems like every time I make a step forward, one hundred obstacles throw themselves in my way...currently overcoming what I believe to be food poisoning...

TJ said...

Thanks for this much needed 'confessional' time. Mine this week turned into Fess up Saturday, but I'll be on track next week. What fun! and good for what ails you!

wyrdbyrd said...

I didn't do this last week because I feel funny posting my own stuff in your comments and I don't want to write a post about it every week. Why? I don't know–I'm just weird.

So I'll keep it short:

I met with friends earlier in the week and talked about writing. Oh, and I did some short exercises for that meeting. I wrote three poems for my poetry workshop. I went to the poetry workshop and talked about–guess what?–poetry. I wrote a blog post. That's pretty much it.

Thank you for doing this!

Andi said...

Well if it makes you feel any better I've been inept at writing lately that I haven't even blogged about the fact that I haven't been writing! I hope that will change after my vacation next week.

verbivore said...

I signed on but have yet to Fess Up. Will do that this week and apologize profusely for my tardiness!