On One Hand

June 12, 2005

Used: 20 grams Ritalin, laptop computer, 10 hours

Filed under: Uncategorized — ononehand @ 7:12 pm

I just spent the last 18 hours writing a story (minus 8 hours of sleep).
The story, approaching page 20… sucks.
But I don’t have the heart to scrap it, or leave it unfinished. Alex is just too cute to kill.
I’m now approaching the sex scene, after which I think the story should end. Because it’s not that good. And neither is the sex scene.
Better luck next time.



  1. Well… if you want, I guess you can read it. Whenever I sit down to write more I read through the whole thing to get back in the feel of it – last time I did that, it took me more than a half an hour to reach the end. You sure you’d want to get into something that long? It’s def. too long to post here.

    The intro is 45% of the story (at least that’s how far you go before dialog starts), which needs to be modified. I could put some more dialog into that section; maybe if I did that it would be a decent story. But in any case it’s all very cliche and unexciting, a boring college-boy-hooks-up-for-the-first-time thing. I used it to get back into the feel for writing because I took such a long break from it over the last month or so.

    Comment by ononehand — June 13, 2005 @ 5:25 am | Reply

  2. Stephen King and I

    I grabbed a book by Stephen King called “On Writing” a few years ago for some tips. I gleaned one in that he’d place a manuscript in storage for awhile. Then he’d look at it from a fresher perspective.

    In my case, I post mysteries I’ve written (Gasp) even before you were born on the internet and invite commentary. Right now, I’m stalled on a mystery I tried to write in 1996 (which remains the setting) at my current place of employment. I invited my coworkers to choose their charcters and to comment (which I did in the summer of 1987). I have more than a few unfinished manuscripts, but I’d never destroy them (if anything, because they’re in the same notebooks with my diaries).

    Comment by buddyoverstreet — June 19, 2005 @ 2:05 am | Reply

  3. I’ll read it. As long as the sex scene is finished šŸ˜› But seriously, send it along when you feel that it’s readable.

    Comment by someutopia — June 21, 2005 @ 5:49 am | Reply

  4. Oh, and a question you might be able to answer. I’ve had the urge to read some kind of gay literature. I recently watched some Queer As Folk episodes, and I really enjoyed the way I related to (some of) it. I really think I’d enjoy reading something good written by a gay author, fiction or autobiographical. Coming of age, coming out, dealing with people around them…that kind of thing. Doesn’t have to be loaded with sex like QAF… Any suggestions?

    Comment by someutopia — June 21, 2005 @ 5:57 am | Reply

    • I don’t read much of that kind of stuff. The only gay author I know well is David Sedaris, who is hilarious but he doesn’t focus much on being gay.

      In a GLBT Lit class I took last year, a novel I read closely fit your description. It was written in 1915 by E.M. Forster, and it’s called Maurice. It’s probably not that interesting. I kind of liked it, but only because it’s the only coming-of-age gay book I’ve ever read.

      Comment by ononehand — June 21, 2005 @ 6:00 am | Reply

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