New Direction

After ages of slumber, this blog is going to go in a whole new direction. Instead of a single topic blog about problems, Writer Problems is going to include my musings on daily life and struggles as a writer who has another full-time job and a family to look after.

Sometimes I come up ideas for things I’d like to create and I don’t have the ability or the willpower to create them. For example, today I had an idea for an animated short, but I’m no animator. Other times I have ideas for video games or movies that I would like to see made, but can’t make them myself. That’s when I write about them in a story and hope that someone else will pick up the ball and actually create the thing.

There is going to be a lot more visual content on this blog too, just as soon as I figure out how to get lots of free high quality creative commons imagery or maybe a better camera so I can take the pictures myself. Looks like I’m out of time for this morning. Expect to see more from me soon.

-Plato Kasserman

Winter Distractions

When I think of Winter, I usually think of the beginning of winter, when it’s Christmastime and everything is jolly. The new year, I associate with spring, but it won’t be spring for awhile yet. It’s still cold, and miserable out there. I guess you could say it’s the dead of winter, even though it doesn’t snow where I live. Most mornings, when I get up, the ground is frozen and the car is covered in ice. The house is also a mess. I have small children, and they are like a hurricane when it comes to housekeeping. All this makes me want to escape when evening comes, when I finally have some quiet time in which I could be writing. I escape by reading, or playing a video game, or watching a show. Writing would be a good escape too, but I’m a little out of the habit right now. I’m hoping to get back into it. I guess I can’t just sit around waiting for that to happen. If I want to write, I have to make the choice to write. It doesn’t matter if I’m “inspired” or not. I just have to do it. That’s what being a writer means.

My Blog is Boring

I mean…I know what you’re all thinking. Okay, that’s your opinion, but I was just talking about the look of the thing. It’s plain white on white. The idea was to make it look like a sheet of typing paper with black letters on it. Great idea for a writing blog, right? Right. Well, it’s pretty boring to look at. Sure, I could argue that I want my readers to focus on my words and not any fancy illustrations, but that’s not the real point. I want my readers’ minds to stay engaged and interested. I don’t know about you, but staring at a plain white screen gives me a headache.  Maybe I should try to make the background look like old-fashioned parchment or something. Do you have any ideas? If not, I’m sure I’ll come up with something brilliant on my own. I always do. It’s my curse. ;)

Lulu hardcover

For winning the NaNoWriMo, we get a free hardcover copy of a book all our own. Unfortunately, the due date for that is February 14. I’m pretty sure my next novel won’t be ready by then. I was considering printing a special hardcover edition of my first book: Wolves of Timbre: The Karasu Curse, but now I have a different idea. I would like to compile a bunch of stories that I’ve told to my children (ages 6 & 7) to be bound in a hardcover that they can keep and treasure. Stories, especially, of a silly character I call the Ghost of the Golden Gulch. He’s a big, bearded, goofy ghost of a 49er California Gold Rush miner who is obsessed with pie. I’m not sure if I can type up enough stories about him by the deadline to justify a whole hardcover book, but I’m sure gonna try. I think my kids will love it and it will get me back into the groove of writing.

Problem #39

If you’re a writer who has kids, your kids might want to start writing their own stories before they feel confident writing. Don’t be surprised if they start dictating to you. You are their typist, after all. Didn’t you know that? What? You wanted to write your own story? Too bad! Her story is more important!

Okay, so it’s not really that much of a problem. It could be fun. Right? :)

Writer’s Block Apparently

I don’t believe in writer’s block. That is to say, I think that not knowing what to write shouldn’t stand in the way of actually writing. Just keep writing and the words will come. They don’t have to be the perfect words. Save perfection for the editing process. Having said that, I’ve hit sort of a blockade. For NaNoWriMo 2013, I began the third installment of my Wolves of Timbre trilogy. It was all going swimmingly, until November ended and I kind of took a break from writing. Now I don’t know where to start up again.  I guess I’ll just have to reread the first few chapters and go from there. Wish me luck! The moral of this tale is, don’t ever not write.