Category Archives: May 2012

Letting the Imagination Flow…

…that’s exactly what I’m doing.

I had no clue what to expect when I decided to put Amelia aside. I thought I might feel lost and confused, but that’s not the case at all. Let me explain…

I feel as though my nativity held me back from writing other stories while working on Amelia, which stifled my imagination across the board. For some reason, I didn’t give myself permission to write freely, therefore, my writing was stiff. Why I did this to myself, I have no clue. Seeing that Amelia is my first attempt at writing a novel, I think I had no clue how to use my imagination effectively. I had too many boundaries which created endless amount of “writing blocks”. Once I gave myself permission to put Amelia on the shelf and begin writing multiple stories, my imagination bloomed.

At first, when I sat down to begin my new writing journey, the blank feeling I had was consuming. I needed something to get my writing juices flowing, so I began jotting down one line prompts, and before I knew it, I had a page full of ideas. Some were silly. Some were a tad boring and a couple seemed like ideas that had been written a million times before. Then there were those ideas that jumped off the page and said, “Write me! Write me!”  So I got started and let my imagination take me wherever it wanted to. Once I began plotting one story, another story came to me, and then another. Now I’m inundated with new characters and plots. My notebook and pen have been getting quite the workout and my brain is finally getting the mental workout it should’ve gotten while I was writing Amelia.

Writing has become more fun. It seems less stressful and I don’t procrastinate as much as I used to. I’m learning the power my imagination holds and I realize there are no boundaries. I know, as a writer, I should’ve already known this, but I can’t discount the fact that I had blocked myself into one story and I had lost the meaning of my writing journey.  Now I approach writing with an open mind and I allow myself to make mistakes. Realizing that the first draft doesn’t have to be perfect has freed me. I’ve learned to write, write, write ~ editing and polishing will come later. I’ve learned to have a vision, form the characters, and just get the story down. Later, I’ll come back, fill in the blanks, deepen the plot, develop more personality, add more conflict, and on, and on, and on. I know everyone writes differently, but for me, I edited too much as I wrote Amelia and I lost where I was going with the story. Not anymore…from now on, I’m going with the flow of my imagination.

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get to this point, but I’m not complaining. I’m learning things I’ll be able to apply to Amelia when I’m ready to pick her back up and finish her story. I’m so excited to finish the story that started my writing journey and I have a feeling that will happen sooner than later (I plan on blogging about this VERY soon). Until then, I plan to continue working and plotting my second book, and who knows, a third and fourth may come to fruition.

Alway remember: Never stifle your imagination. It does its best work when it’s free

Until next time…

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One Of Those Days…

We’ve all had them, one of those days where everything around you makes you question what your working towards. I feel like I’ve had a lot of these days lately. I try not to let it get me down, but sometimes, it’s inevitable. I feel, when you’re writer,  there are a lot of things that can get in your way , slow you down, and/or bring you down. I know these thoughts are normal, and most writers consider themselves tortured. Now I know exactly why this is so true. Here are some of the things that get in my way and trip me up during my writing journey:

  • Inadequacy: I can’t tell you how debilitating this can be for the creative process. Social media can be wonderful for encouragement, but it can also show you how far you have to go to get to the level you need or want to be. “Everyone else seems so much better than me” is a thought I have often.  I’m one that usually has self-confidence, but I question myself all the time when it comes to writing. Yes, I know, this is normal, but it can be very hard to overcome.
  • Timing: This could be finding time to write, but more than not, it’s the timing being right to write. I’m trying so hard to be more disciplined in my writing, but it doesn’t seem to be working. I have to admit, I’m probably not trying hard enough. Having to to be in the mood doesn’t get me anywhere. I’ve always said that I hate forced writing, but if I want to grow, I need to write when it doesn’t necessarily feel right.
  • Distractions: I get distracted so easily, even if I’m in a quiet place. Normally, I like to write in a bookstore or a coffee shop, but I can’t always make it to those wonderful places. I need to focus, focus, focus!! And I need to do so, no matter the location or what’s going on around me. Sometimes I feel guilty for wanting to hide, and for ignoring emails and phone calls, but once the creative juices start flowing or if I’m trying to get them going, being a recluse helps. Finding a balance is key, and I think I’m still learning that.
  • My story: I love the story of “Amelia.” It’s been with me for the last four years and it’s such a part of me. After editing, editing, editing, and now, working on a complete rewrite, I’m scared I’ll lose my passion for the story. I’m also scared that the path of my main character is blurred and my vision is lost on where I want her to go. My goal for the next week is to focus on Amelia’s journey and hopefully everything else will begin to fall back into place.

These times of frustration will go away. Usually after a period of reflection and sharing, I see the light and write towards it with gumption! I hope this will be the case this week and next week, as I will have the time to concentrate on my writing more than I have in the past month or so. What’s also nice is, my husband and I are taking a trip very soon, and hopefully that will revitalize some of my creativity. Travel is always good that way.

Writing isn’t easy. Staying focused is even harder. The everyday life going on around us can take grip and not let go. The passion has to stay lit just enough to not allow us to give up.

I don’t want to give up. I won’t give up. I can’t give up.

Nobody trips over mountains.  It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble.  Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.  ~Author Unknown

Until next time…

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