I remember the many times I sat before my computer and dreaded touching the keyboard afraid of what strange words might find it’s way to the screen.
Many of those times I knew there was a story waiting to be written. I could see the actions played out in my mind, it was like watching a theater act during rehearsals. What then was the underlying cause of my unrest?
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Have you ever been hindered by a seeming 'remoteness' of your story-ideas? Have you ever had a moment you regarded a picture in your own mind as superior to your writing abilities?
The story might be mightier than the warrior but definitely not the storyteller.
If two distinct authors could reproduce the telling or the showing of a specified event using exactly the same format-vocabulary and writing style inclusive-I suppose then that the idea of originality will be defeated, don't you?
Here are a few tips from Steven Barnes which I believe could transform any writer's fears into tools for mastery of the craft:
1. What will a writing career add to your life?
2. What is the greatest risk connected with your goal? Greatest potential reward?
3. There are voices in your mind speaking to you about your plans. Whose voice speaks most loudly?
After listing these three leading questions Steven has this to say:
The more clearly you understand the potential benefits of actually fulfilling your dreams, the easier it is to feel the motivation necessary to accomplish them.
In the following lines he takes a step further suggesting that the writer ought to turn his fears into his character's fears thereby enhancing the plausibility of his story:
1. What does your lead character want, and how will her desires affect her life?
2. What danger lies ahead for your character?
3. What ghosts from your character's past keep her from seeing things clearly?
Remember, ideas in your mind sound different on paper. You can only tell a good idea from a bad one after you put it down.
Put it down. I guess that's the hardest part. The hardest moment is always before you start. This blog is my little way of learning how to conquer my personal demons.
Until next time.
Keep your pen bleeding!