Writing Is – 3/3

December 14, 2009 at 4:55 am (Writing Is) (, , , , )

This is the third and final post in the series – which is a shame because I’ve really enjoyed reading some of these responses.  Today I have three more writers sharing their thoughts on writing.  Given the positive feedback from this series I will have to think of a new question to ask writers for sometime next year and run another series similar to this.  If you have any suggestions as to what you would like writers to discuss let me know either in the comments or via email.

Tirza Goodwin said:

Writing is mine.   Writing can’t be stolen, destroyed, warped.  Sure, the world can tear up the pages, erase the words, but the writing never stops in my head.  Like some Phoenix, it rises up from my charred ashes, over and over, each time a bit brighter.   Writing is my sanity on those blue days, those hazy crazy days when I’m drowning in my own oily thoughts.

When I was a child, my soul was murdered.  It was strangled, slow so I could feel it.  I couldn’t breathe inside my own skin.  Like Frankenstein’s Monster, I was flesh without animation.  And then the words came like lightning.  And I was alive, so alive.
Writing is me, electrified.

But I know I’m still poisoned.  My head is too full of things I can’t think of, won’t think of.  Writing lets me bleed it out.   Bleed out that the world isn’t fair, love is conditional, hate is eternal, and pain feeds on itself like fire.   I burn.

Writing is my cure.  It makes the world right again, me whole again.   It paints my black skies blue as sapphires.  It lets me love with a heart unafraid of scars.   To forgive even though I’m still bleeding from a thousand wounds.  I rise, once again, my wings spread wide in flight.

I survive.

I live.

I write.

Tirzah Goodwin

From Corra McFeydon:

Writing is a window into the mind.

We’re permitted into the music of the soul when we read, and when we write that music is conveyed to the reader in the strategic placement of letters mixed and weaved into words. Some choose to share their voice in story, others in poetry, but always that unique perspective is imbedded into the paper or screen like a thumbprint forever marking its owner.

Writing is the ability to communicate with people we may never meet in life. To transfer our deepest, most secret thoughts to willing minds centuries after we’ve passed away. It’s an imprint of culture, a reminder of the past, an outcry, a revolution, a still, silent voice, a story. We travel as far as the imagination can take us as writers, and we accomplish things we might never have the courage or opportunity to accomplish in life through literature and poetry.

Writing is a journey to the stars, a safari in Africa, a cruise through Europe, a trip to the future, a retreat into yesterday. It’s an expression of our emotions, conveyed in a medium the entire world can receive.

Writing has the potential to melt away the wall that surrounds each of us, so that for an infinitesimal second, we live one another’s adventures as one soul united, one mind, one imagination, one body terrified and joyous and universally alive.

Corra McFeydon is a writer who longs to be an author.  You can visit her on her blog, From the Desk Of A Writer.

Finally, from Fiona Skye:

Writing is all-consuming.    My story insinuates itself into every aspect of my life.  When I’m writing (and really, that’s practically all the time), I sleep and eat and dream and shower with my story in my head.  My family gets bored of hearing about it every time I see them.  My children’s eyes glaze over when I launch into another recap of my day’s work.  I’m banned from speaking about the story when I have friends over for dinner.

Writing is also voyeuristic.  I often find myself listening to conversations and making notes when I hear a particular phrase I like.  I study people at Target and Trader Joe’s (and probably scare them half to death) because I want to remember someone’s walk or the way they flip their hair over their shoulders as they’re leaning forward to look more closely at something on a shelf.  I watch the way lovers kiss and touch because it fascinates me the way people interact and the expressions on their faces and their body language tell me more about themselves than their words ever could.

But most of all, writing is a necessity.  I need to write like I need to breathe.  I need to form worlds in my head and give birth to them on paper.  I need to give the people living inside my brain a face, a name, a existence, a life.  Writing is absolutely necessary to my mental well-being.  If I don’t write, if I don’t let the characters in my head out, I honestly think I’d go just a little mad.  Of course, anyone who writes is just a little mad to begin with, aren’t we?

Fiona Skye is the nom de plume of an Edinburgh-born author, who is slightly obsessed with Gummis, coloured pencils, photography, and otters.  She is currently at work on A Murder of Crowes, a vampire story with a twist.  Visit her blog (http://fionaskye.wordpress.com) to follow her on her Writing Odyssey, as she finishes her manuscript and journeys to get it published.

Thanks again to all the writers who contributed to the series.

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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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Writing Is – 1/3

December 10, 2009 at 4:51 am (Feature, Writing Is) (, , , , )

This is the first post in a three part series called ‘writing is’.  Basically I asked for writers to share their thoughts on what writing is and I’ll be sharing the responses I received on my blog.  Everyone took the challenge a little differently and there are some very interesting responses.

The first response comes from Rhiannon Hart: 

Writing is doing horrible things to people you love. First you conjure a character out of thin air. You become fascinated by them, take them to dinner and fall in love with them. Then you pour trials and tribulations down on their head and watch as they struggle like a pinned butterfly. It’s a peculiar form of sadism, punishing these imaginary creatures. Or, if we take the view that every character in your novel is you, or at least an aspect of you, their suffering is our own. Why do we do this to ourselves?

It’s for the sake of the story. The story reigns supreme. We might visit the wrath of the gods on our characters, but it is the sacrifice we and they must make. A reader doesn’t want to hear about a character that has an easy time of it. They will become resentful and bored. So next time your protagonist is struggling across a thousand-mile-wide desert, don’t give in to their piteous cries for water. Assure them that this is all vital to the story, that the rewards that shall be visited upon them once this ordeal is over are countless. In short, tell them to toughen the hell up.

And then push them a bit harder.

Rhiannon Hart is an aspiring YA fantasy author who does the most horrible things to her characters, all the while assuring them that it’s going to hurt her far more than it hurts them. Lharmell, her first novel, is currently on submission and she’s represented by Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown. Rhiannon also blogs about books and writing.

Mickey Mills shares his view:

Writing is not one big thing; it’s a bunch of little things.  It is emotion, vision, passion, imagination, drive, and a thousand other things that go into the craft. Some days it flows like a great river falling down a steep canyon.  Other days it drips off the keyboard in spurts and spatters, only to be quickly erased by the writer’s critical hand.  The craft of writing can be taught, but education does not a writer make. A good writer is born to it, lives for it, reaches beyond his education and carves words from thin air into a coherent tale of adventure or lust that pulls the reader in and grabs them by the soul.

Simply put, I write because I love it.  I love everything about it.  I love the time spent doing it and the stories that unfolds as a result of it.  And, when someone reads what I have written says, “I love it!,” it’s like the punctuation mark of a love affair.

Ray Bradbury said… Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love.

You can visit Mickey Mills on his blog.

Mickey Mills is an Electrical Engineer by education and a writer by passion. His short fiction has appeared at www.everydayfiction.com. His first novel, HAUNTING INJUSTICE, will launch early in 2010.  He is currently working on the second book in the HAUNTING series.

I would love to hear your thoughts on writing.  The next post in this series will be up on Saturday.

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Call for Writers

November 23, 2009 at 4:47 am (Feature, Writing Is) (, )

This is a quick call out to all the writers out there (published or not).  Basically I am wanting to run a series of posts called “Writing Is…” and I am looking for some willing writers to contribute a short post (approx 250 words) to the series.

If you are interested in contributing please email me:  cassandra.jade.author@gmail.com

Looking forward to hearing from you.

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