Writing Is – 2/3

December 12, 2009 at 4:56 am (Writing Is) (, , , )


Welcome to the second post in this series.  The first post saw Rhiannon Hart and Mickey Mills share their viewpoints and, as Rhiannon summed up in the comments, they both wrote very much about love but in different ways.  Today I have two more writers sharing their views.

Barbara offers her response:

Writing is losing yourself in another world, listening to your characters’ rants, watching them go to places and meet people, getting inside their heads and knowing them better with any new written word. Writing is a pleasure, a joy, hard work, giving birth to those babies, killing them when necessary, and releasing them in the real world eventually. Writing is a work of love.

Barbara is an unpublished as a novelist, but hopes to issue the first novel in her fantasy world Silvery Earth early next year (as soon as she finds either a Wise Reader, an editor or a ghost writer to go though it one last time).  You can visit Barbara on her blog, the creative barbwire.

I like that once again the idea that writing is a work of love has come back.

From Little Scribbler:

When I decided to write a guest post for this blog, the first question I asked myself is: “well, what IS writing?” Technically, writing is words or other symbols written down as a means of communication (taken from Encarta World English Dictionary), but writing has to be more than that. So what is writing?

Now at the same of writing this post, I was struggling with a short story I’m writing for my blog (www.little scribbler.wordpress.com). I like it… until I read it, or sit down to write it. Then I wonder what on earth I was thinking. “It’s crap. It’s stupid. Why on earth am I writing this?” Then I decide not to put it up on the blog (www.little scribbler.wordpress.com), because I’m embarrassed at what I’ve written. “Everybody else are all better writers than me, but if they can’t read my work, then they can’t know how bad I am…”

And then I realised what writing is. Writing is a lifelong lesson. We never stop becoming better writers. Of course I can’t be a better writer than someone who’s been writing for a decade.  They’ve had 10 years of experience over my four.

Some lucky people have a gift. They can write magic from the age of 10. But for the rest of us, we have to practice. Practice makes perfect, after all.

To prove my point, I decided to read my first piece of work, a novella (or novel as I preferred to call it at the time) of about 20K. I wrote when I was about 12. I’ll be honest. It was horrible. Two dimensional characters. Major plot holes. It’s a perfect example of how NOT to write. I wanted to stop reading a couple of points. But I got through it, and as a comparison, I read a section of my current work. And it’s not bad. Sure, it’ll never get published, and in 10 years, I’ll cringe at the sight of it. But right now, it’s what I consider some of my best writing.

So there you have. Writing is a lifelong lesson. We will always get better. Don’t be ashamed to show other writers your work. They were at the same stage as you once. All they did was practice. They didn’t have to finish their project. They might have a hundred half-written novels lying around. But it’s all practice.

I think I’ll post my short story now.

LITTLE SCRIBBLER is the pen name of a teenaged author living near Brisbane, Australia. As a child, Little Scribbler moved frequently around the country, and visited overseas countries often. As a result, Little Scribbler has a passion for travelling. Little Scribbler has combined his passion for travel and his passion for ancient history with his love of writing to create an action thriller novel titled Poseidon’s Trident, which spans the globe in search of an ancient weapon.

Little Scribbler blogs regularly at his blog (www.littlescribbler.wordpress.com) and can be contacted through Twitter (www.twitter.com/LittleScribbler)

I would like to thank both Barbara and Little Scribbler for sharing their thoughts.  I know a lot of other writers have enjoyed reading the first part of this series and I am sure they will enjoy this as well.  Monday we have the final part in this series and I have three more writers sharing their ideas with us.  Thanks all and I hope you find this helpful.

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6 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Spann Craig said,

    Thanks for sharing these, Cassandra, and for the new links to visit. 🙂

    Elizabeth
    Mystery Writing is Murder

  2. Fiona Skye said,

    Little Scribbler is spot-on with his analysis. Writing is certainly about life-long learning and constant improvement. I was amazed when I re-read my 2007 half-finished NaNoWriMo entry and found it painfully bad. And that was just two years ago! I think the best thing any writer can do is realise that we are always improving our technique and to treat every “failure” and rejection as an opportunity to fine-tune our work. Now, if I could just learn to take my own advice…

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      Yes, easy to say but hard to do when face to face with rejection. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Margot Kinberg said,

    Cassandra – Thanks for posting these views of what writing is. I think, honestly, that it’s something different for each of us, so it helps me a a great deal to learn what other writers think of what we do.

  4. Corra McFeydon said,

    Some great insight in this series. I like the reminder that all writers started out ‘new writers.’ There’s no shame in writing at whatever stage you’re in and being proud of your voice.

    Thanks for sharing.

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