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Friday, July 9, 2010

Compulsions

Have you ever come up with a storyline so compelling that you are afraid to write anything else for fear that you might lose the fire? Of course, you know what I mean by fire. It's that feeling you get that makes you feel as if something inside you will break of you don't write it. This a great feeling...a compulsion that is good. So, you get this feeling and you want it to last until the story is complete, resolved, at rest. Right?
But...you do have a life. Work, family, adult responsibilities and these things get in the way.
What do you do to keep the fire burning?
One of the things that I did was begin this blog. It forces me to keep writing, make time, sacrifice the effort, and look for my characters in different situations, places, times.

4 comments:

  1. Hi there,

    Thank you K, so very much for enjoying the post and for coming up with some very useful suggestions.

    I am yet trying to fine tune the little glitches in the prose I am churning out; the blog is merely a playground to do exactly that.

    Please do continue to read the future posts and point out any further shortcomings you come across.

    I am looking forward to your feedback with great interest

    Btw, I have also posted the followup to the last post you read, i hope u enjoy reading them,

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  2. I love that feeling of being obsessed with a story, or maybe I should say I become obsessed with certain characters and I end up telling their story. I get depressed when I get to the stage of editing where the obsession fades. It's almost like a drug, but completely free, legal, and without any health consequences besides the occasional insomnia as you lay awake all night thinking about the story.

    I'm reading an interesting non-fiction book about a famous theater camp for kids, and one of the things that really hit me was when one of the acting coaches talked to the kids about the need to inhabit their characters. That's what writers do. You can always tell when a writer is able to feel and become their characters. It's very similar to method acting.

    All artsy types feel a connection with each other, but this is where actors and writers are similar - we need to feel what our characters feel, or the story/play/movie doesn't work as well as it could.

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  3. Ann, I couldn't have put it better myself. The thing is that for the non-artsy type, we are either seen as some awesome intellectual force, or a poor misunderstood freak. It is good when there are other writers/artists with whom we can discuss the craft and brood about the character/story coming to life.

    Leviathan, I do intend to keep making it back to your site. I think that your writing is intriguing and unique and at the risk of sounding snobbish very little these days is. Keep it up.

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  4. Thank you so much for the compliment, :), I really appreciate it,

    I am actually a very tentative writer, always unsure of what I have written, so need to be reassured time and again,

    The story of Wetland is currently going through what I would call a 'growing process', and at the risk of being called overly ambitious, I intend to turn it into the Novel, within the span of next one year or so,

    Of course, so far what I have posted on my blog are nothing more than first drafts, and I intend to write and re write the whole thing again and again,

    Thanking u once again for taking time out to read and for providing your feedback,

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