Gina (bluemaus) wrote in chroniclesofmew,
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Gina's writing process

I write when I have a deadline. Or when my sweetie guilts me into it. Or when it seems fun. But, I do not write just out of an inner drive to write (except for journals, which is more like raw writing from the gut and has little to do with audience, unless an audience of 1 (myself) is considered legit.) I always imagined real authors to write from an inner drive, so I have my doubts of being anything more than a writer. Authors write books and books. Writers write little things, like emails, or blurbs on napkins.

I love to expound on what others have written, rather than create new things myself. When I do so, just to be silly, the pieces can turn out to be quite funny. Silly little kung fu stories or 5 paragraphs about a ladybug's hunger and eventual demise in an oil-slicked puddle. Funny stuff. But I'd rather write in company than alone, for I do not find the need to write stories merely for myself.

The End. -Gina
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I like the "when my sweetie guilts me into it" bit. I think we need writing accountability partners. People to ask, "Are you writing?" Like some people do with exercising or dieting. Only writing is better than either of those things.
I think there needs to be some driving force. Guilt worked for various world religions, to keep people in line. So what a great driver for the writer/artist! Self-drive is over-rated and uncommon. Accountability partners would ensure that something is happening.

The only reason I graduated with an 80-page thesis completed, is that Dr. Thum MADE me do it. She would have me over to her house each week, sit me down on her couch with a notebook in my hand, and make me write SOMETHING for one section or another. After about 4 sessions like this, I started to get interested in the thing, like I was kick-started. The whole process was rough for me, and I stalled out or threatened to stall countless times, but each time she would give me a kick in the rear and I would grudgingly write another 4 pages of stuff.

If not for my accountability partner, I would still be in graduation limbo, 3 years after completing my last actually class at UofM. Ugh. Limbo sucks.

-Gina
Alternatively, drive could be achieved by getting suddenly inspired by something or other. It has to be some pretty serious and pervasive inspiration for it to do too much good, but that creates a pulling effect, where self-drive can actually happen!

Now, you could be shot down by negative comments if you rely on inspiration to drive you, unless you develop a hard skin and ignore all opposition, considering any who stand against your precious momentum as stupid and selfish. So that is also an important part of the creative process: ignoring nay-sayers as well as moving through any doldrums.

If I find myself in a doldrum, where my gas has run out, all I have to do is start mechanically working on the project, and eventually it starts to get interesting again. Drive returns.