Oh’ good morning my sappy writer friends and to all those who know better, lol!
What a day, what a life, what it means to surround yourself with those of a similar, twisted, like mind. Do you remember the wild ride? Yes, the nauseating thrill that beckons us forward, casting a voodoo spell until we vomit from excitement and exhaustion.
I would imagine the same can be said in all of our passions, albeit I speak of mine, writing, scribbling, dabbling with a pen, chewing the lid until plastic shards fill your mouth and your lips become covered in an explosion of red.
(Pencils, I know, dream with me, my people)
It is that gnawing creature inside inking its way out.
This week has encapsulated Sandi and me with a solid core, a safe zone of inspirational minds who have left their egos at home. (hallelujah) Portland has welcomed Larry Brooks an amazing story coach and writer, and you would almost say, friend. He is hard-core, yet genuine in his honesty, speaking those nasty words you truly need to hear. Logic, structure, placing a skeleton behind the myriad, fleshy jumbled literary maze, that would be our mind, and asking in simple plain terms,
“What the hell are you talking about?”
Simple questions, like, “What is conceptual about this?
What is your core dramatic thread? Your premise?”
And you stop and say, yah, I just wrote 20,000 beautiful, pain-staking words of… let’s be honest, not much, equaling a chalk board void of scribble. What he lays out may seem simple to some, but this is complexly clear and offers…
Substance, sprinkled appropriately, given straight.
The beauty of dissecting our thoughts saves us time and sanity.
As a glorified rambler, babbler, pantser, sitter down and jumper in, I recognize the need in myself for this framework, before.
If I am truly serious, this I will do.
Insecure Writers Unite –arm yourselves with the appropriate weapons to slay these inner gremlins, ultimately, holding us back, allowing clarity of our vision to be seen, when planned appropriately.
Skip the 18 drafts and cut that time in half, reach for the light!
Write on! ❤ Jessica