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Monday, April 13, 2015

WTF?! (Where's the Freedom)

I remember coloring like it was yesterday...actually it was just yesterday since I keep a Smurfs coloring book in my writing cave.  But whether I was coloring as 8 year old me or (clears throat) the slightly older version, creating a world or scene just the way I envisioned it was an amazing feeling!

With this in mind, I had to ask myself when and where I'd lost that same fervor to write the stories I dreamed up with no holds barred?

The answer, more of a conundrum than the question, was that I'd fallen into a cycle that was killing my creativity.  And on more than one occasion I was over researching (which is silly since I'm writing fiction), or I tossed an idea because the great and mighty "they" said it couldn't or shouldn't be done the way I imagined it.

Since the problem was identified,  you would think that it would be easy to find a resolution and get back to what I love, which is writing.  But it seems that the result is always the same and has been for a while.

Basically, I'm stuck.

I have been struggling to get the stories in my head out on paper...or computer.  I have tried everything from not outlining to extreme outlining and nothing seems to work.  Whats even more frustrating is that the ideas for stories keep coming but the bottleneck in my creativity has rendered storytelling non existent.


I thought that once I got over the stress of school, I would get back in the groove of writing, but sadly that has not been the case.  More often that not I find myself reflecting on my experience writing my first book.  It has been a level of momentum that I have not had since.

As I reflect on my process during that project I think about how exciting it was to just write the story as it unfolded in my imagination.  But since then, I have learned so much about mechanics, technique and writing in general that my critical mind is constantly in overdrive (another lesson I've learned in working on my craft).

But the problem I face now is that I can not get back to just writing and I really don't know what to do about it.

Has anyone else ever had this problem?  How'd you get out of your rut?

Monday, April 6, 2015

It's National Poetry Month!

Poetry is where it all started for me.  It was the first avenue of storytelling that I embraced.  And even though my imagination is filled with "Para-Fantasy" characters and plots, I can't help but return to my roots and write a poem every now and then.

I can remember having journals full of poems - nothing on the level of Maya or Langston, but they were my thoughts.  And I knew exactly what they meant and what situation or event they were tied to.

In honor of National Poetry Month, I thought that I would share one of my favorites.  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

From short story to novel...I think

The feeling you get when you finish a story is indescribable.  It means you set out to do something AND did it.  But in the world of writing sometimes the end in a story does not mean the end for the writer.

From editing to rewrites to correct plot holes and tie the story threads together, The end is often just the beginning which can sometimes be sad and frustrating to a writer.