"Great" here is defined as torturous, maddening, and frustrating. "Great," as in, "some days I'd rather sit like Alex Delarge and be forced to watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo than write another word of this terrible novel."
Maybe it's a writer thing. I have never done drugs or had alcohol (I'm strange that way) but I imagine writing is akin to a drug addiction. Even sometimes while writing I am sick of it. I don't want to sit down at the computer, and if I do, there are so many other things I'd rather be doing. You want to know a writer working on something? Look at their desk. If it is spotless and clean, they are working. Because they'd rather clean up than write. Even me, the Sloppiest Man Alive (I won Regionals in '94 and the World Cup in '96, '97, '99, and every year since '02) cleans up the desk before writing. Not because I want a clean desk: just to have a few more minutes of not writing.
Other times, I will feel a slight desire to write and jump on it like a conjugal visit. I'll try to get the ball rolling on the story before my brain catches up and says, "What are you doing, you lunatic? I thought we came up here to play Minecraft!" But I have already started, and once started, I can usually get a good session.
So yeah, it feels great like that.
This is not to say I haven't been working. As you see from the site, I have been editing Beltrunner for a while now. I sent it off about a week ago, and begun the next novel. I've also gotten back into the Online Writers Workshop. I don't know about other workshops, but this site is a treasure. Vale of Stars got its start there, and the help I received was invaluable in getting it published. It's also a place to see some great fiction from others. I was able to find one of my old writing colleagues there, and found a story by him. It was good to find him again.
I'm trying something a little bit different with this novel (I dont' have a title--The Warming Sunlight was my last one, which, frankly, sucks on toast.) in that I am drafting a chapter then editing before I submit the chapter for review. This time, I am going to make it as polished as I can before sending it out for peer review. I hope that way to reduce the number of edits that are grammatical or formatting and get some reviews that are more about the story and style. It's a different way to work, and we'll see if it is something I like.
Be seeing you!