So we write and write. Then we re-write and write some more. Eventually, we look down and we have a completed story. A beginning, middle and end which includes, a calculated stunning climax, a host of riveting characters and a twisting plot. However, as I, the writer, review this current venture, there is a nagging at the back of my neck.
Once it set in my mind that there is something imperfect, the piece will never sit right and thus never reach beyond the screen of our computer. This is not ' block'. That is a completely different phenomenon (yes it is an accurate description of the effect).
It’s all about the connection. I watch So You Think You Can Dance, and they talk about the dancers connecting with the audience. A dancer can be technically superior but without the connection, the audience could care less, so he gets voted off. It is the same for a writer. Your story can be better than Dickens, but, unless you connect, your readers will put it down.
So that is the challenge I am currently facing. The piece I am working with is not ‘connecting’. It is missing something. I just have to figure out what.
But seriously, for a writer, the answer is the same no matter what the question. You write! You write and write and write some more. You write pages of CRAP. Pure ugly, disconnected, poorly defined crapola!
You find your answer and it all makes sense. Finally!
That is how it works, start or finished. Someone asked me recently how they would go about writing a book. How they have all of these family stories they tell. How they would like to document them. I suggested a journal format or a memoir. Then this person asked, so then what?
It has to be about the writing. It has to be about the words you spill onto the page. I have spoken to so many people and taken so many writing classes and sat through so many writing seminars that talk about everything BUT writing.
So go...write...see what happens. You might just surprise yourself!
See it does work.... Hahahaha!
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