Creating this blog is one of the best things I’ve done for my writing. The prompts and exercises that I share and use help develop a better story. Somehow, my wandering squirrel brain remembers where the nuts are buried, or at least provided a map to crafted the story we all dream of writing. Month-by-month, I’m closer.
Before blogging, I struggled with the setting of one story and it kept changing depending on the day. There was no firm grasp and my mind was easily persuaded by the movies I saw, or the books I read. I understand why authors like Dan Brown don’t read while they write. When you sit down at the keys learning to drown out the wrong voices and hear your own is much harder than anyone knows. The only way to get better is to keep writing. For most writer’s I’ve met, it’s the toughest part of our job. Many of us never hit the publish button and our piles of unfinished novels grows. Finding the inspiration to complete one of your stories may take a while.
Sometimes, I feel like an imposter of Michael Angelo. I’m standing in front of a slab of marble with all my tools, whispering like an idiot for the life inside to speak to me. Give me some kind of direction or word of wisdom on how to do this thing. I stare for hours and a masterpiece doesn’t emerge. There’s no glowing, motherly love of the Pieta.
Luckily, we all have masters who have shaped the writing world before us. They tell us to keep going and I’m choosing the listen. Piles of work may get tossed along the way but at least it’s being done by my own hand before it gets to the publisher. The best listed stories change depending on the trends, or the person picking up the book. All we know is that we can’t give a best seller, if we never put it out there. So keep writing and I have more to post this week.
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