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My Inner Writer...

... keeps nagging at me. For the past few years I've been inspired by various ideas, started to take notes and then stopped or simply let things go. I find the whole process of attempting to write daunting. I get plagued by fears of 'what if I'm not good enough' or 'I don't know enough about that topic to write about it' or 'I'm not experienced enough'. They're fears that all writers have, I realize. But, somehow, that doesn't stop me from simply not doing anything. Nor does it stop my inner writer from nagging at me.

So, I've determined that I need to get things started. See, there's this character in my head that's been hounding away at me. Elisia. She's badgering me to have her story told. I don't think she's going to leave me alone either until I start telling it either. I can't let my usual excuses get in my way: I don't have enough research, I don't know enough about topic, I sound like a five year old trying to write, yadda, yadda. I need to sit down in front of my computer, kill my distractions, and let the words flow.

It's not as if this is something I can't do. I can. I know I can. I've done it before, for my Playwriting class in college. I had an absolute blast seeing where the story took me, even if the play was non-sensical and pretty much unbelievable. The people who read it thoroughly enjoyed it and gave back good feedback, unlike the Creative Writing class I took at the college 3 years earlier that particularly killed my desire to write anything again. Part of the playwriting class was to read each other's plays and then critique them one by one. Thankfully, these people were nothing like the Creative Writing class I took.

I really haven't written creatively since that class. I never finished the play I started for the class, though I did get 10 scenes completed. I somehow lost five of those scenes. I've always contended that plays were always easier to write then books, but that's because you don't have to concern yourself with describing the setting much more than a paragraph, and people interpret the feelings and emotions of the character for themselves. Sure, the playwright adds that stuff into the script, but actors and directors generally, often, ignore the playwright's intention for their own interpretations.

So, Elisia is bugging me. She wants a story, not a play. So, I'll need to get settled and see what I can do to get Elisia off my back. Who knows? I may end up surprising myself and get thoroughly carried away. The most important thing, for me anyway, is to have fun and enjoy myself in the process.


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Feb. 19th, 2004 08:56 am (UTC)
The thing I learned from NaNoWriMo is to just writeit and don't worry about how it sounds. You can always revise later -- besides, when the character wants a story they'll do your writing for you.
Feb. 19th, 2004 12:40 pm (UTC)
I think what I'm going to have to remember is to let the character do the writing, and try not to influence how she tells her story with what I think she should say. While that may sounds silly, I know that I enjoy riding on the coat tails of characters in novels and books. With luck, she'll have something important and interesting to say. : )
Feb. 19th, 2004 08:57 am (UTC)
Write for you. Write for no one else. If you want to go professional, then you can worry about the other stuff.

If it helps, I can never finish anything. I have this big thing planned out and just can't get my thoughts on paper. I actually dreamt about this last night. I want a video camera hooked up to my brain, like the Tommyknockers so people can see what I conceptualize about this book.

But yeah... just write. When you feel the spirit move, follow it.
Feb. 19th, 2004 12:41 pm (UTC)
It's all too easy to fall into the pattern of 'Tomorrow', so you can't just wait for the spirit to move. I'll have to do some pushing too, I think, and not just following - or maybe at least have Elisia drag me along. *nod*
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