"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
Failures in process.

The thing about cyberpunk as a genre is that it isn't really about technology. It's about the consequences of technology. Beautifully illustrated in the first real cyberpunk novel, Neuromancer:

"The street finds its own use for things."

The problem with my writing is that while I can come up with some neat ideas, the consequences of those ideas always end up being the most banal, obvious, pathetic things to ever squirm, half-alive, out of someone's imagination.

I can come up with some really good lines, but no cohesive plot, characters that wouldn't know motivation if it shot them in the ass with a riot shotgun. And lately I haven't even been able to do that. I'll decide to practice, just re-write a scene from a movie or a book, take some already done idea and not even spin it, just re-write it in my own words... and I get nothing.

Empty pages.

I grow frustrated with my continued lack of progress on the only dream I've ever had. What's a writer that doesn't write?

Not a fucking writer.

August 16, 2004 6:47 PM

I think someone needs another trip to Bethlehem...

Posted by: calliope at August 16, 2004 8:34 PM

This from the same twahn who also uttered the infamous phrase: "!programmer". And look where we are today.

Posted by: Dan at August 16, 2004 11:20 PM

I have some ideas. Let's do lunch.

Posted by: kitten at August 21, 2004 5:03 AM
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