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Scaring myself everyday
by the Black Rose (black_rose)
at July 12th, 2005 (01:40 pm)

From my creativity coaching lesson:

We must risk in our own creative lives. This means that
each of us should try projects that scare us, market in ways that scare us,
and every day do something that scares us. This is anti-biological, as we
are not built to want to scare ourselves, and also completely
species-sensible, as we are creatures who understand that to get what we
want may mean that we have to do things that scare us.

If you are a major league batter facing a pitcher throwing a hundred
miles an hour, the first fraction of a second after he throws the ball is
spent making sure that the ball is not drilled toward your head. That is
our natural instinct making sure that we are safe. After that split second,
you turn to trying to hit the ball. You deal with the fear and then you act
powerfully. Creating is just like that. You deal with the fear that you
are wasting your time spending a year or two on your inchoate novel in
whatever ways you have learned to deal with that fear and then you write
powerfully. If you can deal with fears of that sort in a split second, you
will do an awful lot of creating.

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Wow, go me
by the Black Rose (black_rose)
at May 12th, 2005 (05:08 pm)
blah

current mood: blah

For the first time in a loooong time, I started a short story with original characters. Now, I've started a screenplay with original characters (which is sitting, waiting for me to DO something to it), but I've not started a short story with original characters in a very VERY long time (try back when I was still at Worldcom - so 2000/maybe early-early 2001).

Go me.

The fact that it's a 'continuation' of the wretchedness that is Immortal Craving (a fanfic re-write, and re-write, and re-write), is immaterial in my opinion. I may scrap IC, write the continuation, and pull bits as needed from the "original (re-write)" story, but I'll have to see how it plays out.

Of course, I only got about 90 words done, so it's not a huge cause for celebration, but it's a start.

Now if I could only finish the baseball ficcy...

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Welcome Message
by the Black Rose (black_rose)
at May 3rd, 2005 (11:58 pm)

For those that know me and those who don't, this is my journal for my original works of fiction - and hopefully, I will have some to post here (soon, even). A lot of it, at first, will probably be re-writes of fanfiction work I've done in the past. Criticism is welcome/preferred as long as it is offered in the form of helping me improve as a writer. Flames have never been tolerated (and are just a waste of time for me and everyone else), so don't bother.

In the fanfiction realm, I go by the pen name "the Black Rose" a (very clever, or not) re-arrangement of my last and middle names. As a (dare I say) professional writer, I prefer to go by my initials: JR Black.

Thank you so much for being here!

~JR

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