Just a quick post today regarding writing and how much it requires of a person. I’m not sure people who don’t write — for a living or for solely creative purposes — realize just how much it takes to put words to paper and flesh out an idea.
I’ve had a great week writing for and working with some very nice people. Things have been humming along nicely and I had to take a breather today and go work out other parts of my person just to get outside of my head, if you know what I mean.
The physical workout seemed easier today than my mental one and it helps — to get out and get away from the computer. Otherwise, I’m here checking emails, pacing and trying to get some ideas to flow.
I’ve heard comments from the people I’ve worked this week: Great job, this is exactly what I wanted! That makes it all worthwhile, but my creative writing as of late, hasn’t been up to my standards. It’s difficult for me to make the transition sometimes — from business writing to creative writing. From the last meeting with my writing group, I received lots of constructive criticism. Much of it I agreed with, some of it I didn’t.
What I’ve learned from creative writing is if something rings true to you, you stay with it. Unless you’re hearing the exact same thing (criticism) over and over, then I think it’s a matter of personal choice. It’s one of those things that it doesn’t matter what anyone says, you think this is right for your character.
From other writerly blogs I follow and read over the past few days, it seems as if this is a common ailment — trying to get those conversations, sights and sentiments of your character out of your head and into the flow of a story or chapter. Your brilliant mind “sees” it but it doesn’t always translate that way once you write it out. Sometimes the muse comes and sometimes it doesn’t.
I’m working on a short story and I’ve written 120 pages plus of my novel, but I just haven’t had the desire to work on either lately. This too will pass. Until then, I’ll ride this wave until my rascally little muse decides to come out to play.