Rocky just e-mailed me a link for an on-line writing tutorial. I'm working through it right now. If I benefit from it, I will post it here. I just finished the first activity, and thought I would post it here. I was supposed to write down three reasons why I want to write.
I did that.
(Dear diary, working through tutorial. The hobbits keep nibbling on my pencils. I think they have an oral fixation...still not brilliant and successful...think 38 might be too old to become a prodigy.)
Anyway, here it is:
Three things that make me want to write.
1) Every once in a while I get this big, tight, feeling in my chest. It’s like a wall of emotion, or feeling. It is so powerful that it makes my hands tingle and my brain feels full, but I can’t put it into words. It’s even hard to describe. I sit down and just start typing whatever words come to mind. By the time the feeling passes, I usually have a completed poem or a story or something. These are usually really short, powerful, tight pieces. There is no need to re-write. I usually don’t share them. They are too personal. This once happened to me in the shower. While I was writing the story, my hair dried with shampoo still in it. That was weird.
2) Sometimes something happens that makes me wonder why, how, who caused it, and to what end. Even if I am able to investigate it in real life, answers are rarely forthcoming. My brain just sits and picks at it. I find that the best way to forget about it and move on is to make something up that would explain my experience.
3) There are people that pop into my head and start telling me bout themselves through scenes, images, dialogues. I write their stories to get them out of my head. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes I have to finish the story…sometimes I don’t.