A reading prompt once challenged me to:
|Write about how you choose to write about others in your blog. (Friends, family, etc)
Seriously, does every other writer logically plan out their articles, essays, short stories and books with their left brain? I simply cannot function like that. When an episode or opinion has popped into my brain, I did not consciously choose to write about that topic or person. It was an eureka moment, that surprised me. I wonder,
“Where did that thought or memory come from? I haven’t thought about him for years!”
Suddenly a story springs to mind. I have assimilated emotions, reflections, connected quotes and philosophy and integrated it all with my faith. Initially my right brain takes over, creativity flows like a river of words and I can hardly type fast enough to keep up. The entire process is largely subconscious. I unwittingly combine spirit of creativity with a gift to craft words together. Writers in past centuries called it the muse. Left logical brain editing follows afterwards. However, if I attempt to write the first draft with my logical left brain, the article is boring and painful to read.
Hoping that I am not alone in this approach to writing, I have unearthed some powerful and some outrageously funny quotes on the subject of writing:
I do not plan my fiction any more than I normally plan woodland walks; I follow the path that seems most promising at any given point, not some itinerary decided before entry.”
― John Fowles
“There are three secrets to writing a novel. Unfortunately nobody knows what they are.”
― W. Somerset Maugham
became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say. ~Sharon O’Brien”
is the overflow of emotion into action.”
So it seems that I am in good company. I must admit though, I discovered that many other authors use an outline, plan and work hard at the chore of writing, yet still managing to create magic. If you are the type of writer who must map out what you will write about that day, then please, write with an outline. My point is that when you begin writing, resist the temptation to imitate other writer’s style. Find your own voice. Write from your heart and soul. Write what you are passionate about and your enthusiasm and joy will open the door to words which connect with your readers. In other words, you will begin the journey to become a great writer .