Put words on paper, forget whether the putting is easy or hard, and don’t believe the voice judging shitty or brilliant, give it up and stay curious around what happens—we writers are never really in charge, we are channels for flow.
“Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.” ~ Gail Sheehy We are always writing our story. At our core we write to understand, to change, to evolve. When it comes to creativity and writing, there are no guarantees that we will become rich, famous, or even remotely well-read. We can use our fears to stop us from taking creative risks; or we can use our fears to connect us to our characters and our story. That is our choice. Wishing you creative risk~S
Listening to author and writing mentor Al Watt today as he boils story down to three words: Desire. Surrender. Transformation. That nails it for me.
Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader–not the fact that it is raining, but the feelings of being rained upon. ~E.L. Doctorow
Moon on December 25th, storm coming~a night to write
When you are writing a book, you must learn to listen very closely for what editor Tom Jenks calls the heartbeat of the story. Sometimes you may confuse your own heartbeat with the narrative heartbeat. If you allow your emotional highs and lows to push you around–they may also end up pushing around your prose. Your anxiety, exhaustion, or mania may show up on the page. It’s not that you shouldn’t use your own experience to connect with characters–you should. Your fears and the fears of your protagonist are the same when it comes to their deepest nature. Your shared …
“If my doctor told me I only had six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster.” Isaac Asimov
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou