Monday, November 2, 2009

Here's the back cover text my publisher wrote for my story collection, My Heart Said No, But the Camera Crew Said Yes! I like it:

"Have you ever had one of those nights when you could swear in front of a court of law that you haven’t had a wink of sleep, but the prosecutor would have a field day with details concerning your alarm clock going off after what seemed like only an hour and your lingering memories of mischievous lawn furniture?"

Forget everything you know about life, the world and all the objects in it. Bradley Sands can bend them to his will with a frightening disregard for reality. You never know who, or what, is lying in wait behind the next comma. Whether it's Super Noxious Air Man and his sidekick, Kid Centrifugal Force, or the next episode of Teddy the Rottweiler Spayer, Sands keeps you off-balance with laughter and astonishment. These stories are crammed with the delightfully odd and the scurrilously silly. From moment to moment My Heart Said No requires the most unexpected, perplexing and hilarious leaps of faith. But you'll be glad you took this exhilarating jump into uncharted territory.


Have been in a creative funk lately. Feel like I do not have the capability to write well at the moment.

What do you do when this happens to you? Do you keep pushing on?

Working on a novella. Really like the concept. Feel like it is wasted because my writing is not up to snuff. Should I continue, hoping things will change? I feel like it doesn't matter what I work on. It's not the novella that isn't working. It's my writing that isn't working. If I switched to another book, I would probably have the same problem. And I would probably be working with a concept that was as dear to me as the current one. So another one would be wasted.

Maybe I should go back to prose poems for a while. Those are fun, easy. Focus on language. No concern about the plot. Little investment in each piece. Maybe I'll solicit titles like I did a while back.

How do you guys feel about writing when you're tired? I have trouble with it because it cuts down on my confidence. But if I motivated myself to write when tired, I would have a lot more time to write.

I think the main thing about the writing process is whether or not you are confident in what you're doing. It doesn't matter how good it is as long as you're confident. If you feel this way, writing is easy and pleasurable. You can lack confidence and think what you're doing sucks, but end up writing something fantastic even though the process was pure torture. And vice versa. The process may be enjoyable, but the end product may suck, and I don't think that's such a big deal because you had a swell time and at least got some practice out of it. I hate perceptions.


Brad Green said...

Confidence is the primary thing a writer should have. I also think it's the most difficult thing to muster since the entire process (and many other writers) seem devoted to boot-stomping every bit of it out of a person.

But you're right, when the confidence is there, the writing is fun.

If the only time you have to write is when you're tired, then you must learn to write tired. Keep banging keys.

Jason Gusmann said...

the world doesn't give a shit about any of us or our puny little writing. hulk smash.

despite this fact, the world needs you to keep writing because you are one of the few non-robots out there making with the books. don't stop.

Bradley Sands said...

Haven't written anything in a while besides spontaneous in-class exercises. Feel like all I do these days are edit my books. Working on two of them now.

Manny Furious said...

I think both Brad and Jason placed the loogie right on the dome. I can tell you, though, as someone who can only seem to write in random, spastic, creatively-intense spurts that I often force myself to write in between these spurts. I don't take this writing seriously, but I do see it as a kind of practice where I get to experiment with certain ideas I've had and see how they might work or might not.... Then when that next spurt comes, I'll have something new to play with....