Sometimes when I go to write a story I struggle with how to begin or effectively express the ideas in my head. The time it takes to even put down the first word and the difficulty of the task varies. It’s an internal conflict as old as time.
When I write I strive to go above and beyond, which is a lot of pressure I put on my self. But I want every story I craft to be the best it can be. All stories take time to reach such points and it is – I believe – the heart of the writer behind it that allows it to get there.
We all have our own writing process that we stick to like rubber cement glue. But occasionally one must try a different approach to get the ball rolling.
Recently, I wrote a short story where I had an idea that I really liked. It sounded like a good, funny, idea in my head but as is my wont I struggled to convey said idea. Then by some strange notion I began to approach the story in a way I’ve never before.
I allowed my characters to tell the story themselves.
I said, “Tell me your story. Entertain me. Make me laugh,” because those were the impressions the idea invoked. My characters – a married couple – did just that.
They spoke to me. And I found it easy to transcribe their words into the story I’d imagined, possibly better. I listened and learned. I giggled and smiled.
That is until I got near the end of the piece. Funny thing is I had sat there so long that my mind eventually began to wander. I have several passions so there are times when my mind will shift to something else – like binge-watching countless YouTube videos. But the story wasn’t hindered and I finished the draft to my satisfaction.
For a first draft, I was pretty proud of it. Even more so, I got through the process of writing this piece without much of the stress that writing can bring.
I’m not sure what made me want to share this and it all probably sounds silly.
One of the things I’ve enjoyed about blogging, about connecting with other book lovers and writers, is that we can all learn from each other. Big or small, someone somewhere may be supported and strengthened by such honesty.