A Writer’s Heart
December 3, 2011 by jenowenby
I’ve often said if anyone could spend a bit of time inside my mind they would run screaming. We have a joke in our writer’s group that my thought process is comparable to the old Nintendo game “Pong”. I bounce from one thought to the other, and on occasion I tend to grab hold of a good one.
My writing process is much the same with questions of “Why?” or “What if?” followed with each idea. “Why is this important?” “What if the main character fell in love?” “What if she didn’t?” and so on. During the times I’m stuck on a scene I grab some paper, wrap a thought into one word, and write in the center of the page or on my white board. I let my mind “pong” until I’m able to answer my question, or a new idea parts the sea. I have added, deleted, and written better scenes due to this process of my mind running wild. However, with starting a new job, the holidays approaching, and events scheduled, having time to let the creativity flow has been nil. I need that outlet, and in the last several weeks I have grown grumpy and discontent. Writing is a part of who I am, and if I ignore it I’m not giving myself permission to live. This fact alone is why I write. It’s hard, flat out difficult actually with a million puzzle pieces floating around and needing to fit together to create something.
I’m in the process of submitting a short story to Writer’s Digest for editing and feedback. I’m excited about the opportunity to learn and grow. I’ve considered the idea of posting it on my site, but I haven’t decided yet. If you think you’d be interested in reading it here or in a magazine, Amazon, etc., let me know.
Remember during this busy and fun season, do something you love, just because you can.
Until Next Time…