I play video games. Love ’em. Probably a bit to much. One of my favorites are the games that let you world build. There are a few that operate in real time with/against other players. These worlds are their worlds. Windows into what they think, see and how they act/react. Take notes. Observe. This is a great way to character develop/world build. Some players are so beautiful and artistic it’s like walking into a gallery. Others are so linear, you have to go wtf? Where is the art and imagination?! Some people are messy and creative or just messy. It takes all types. Add those types to your righting. Nothing is black and white. Ok, almost nothing is that black and white.
Writing is a catharsis. Just put a sentence down, then another. It doesn’t have to make sense, yet. Write what you feel. Write what you need to say. Write till you’ve said all you can. Write until there is nothing left for you to say.
Ever have that day when you look at something, 100% positive that you’re correct, and find out you sucked? Had that day. Still having that day.
Writing isn’t just about the happy stuff, but also the soul searing “It burns us precious, it burns!”
These days are the ones you harvest for those emotions that would be elusive. You write what you feel/felt. Why it hurts. Does anything help? Was there a solution? How does this affect you? Glean all you can because one day you’ll turn to this memory and say “Hey this day sucked because of XY&Z…I can use this!” A learning moment…
Aren’t they all?
The first chapter is graphic. A “kick the dog” type of graphic on how bad the bad guy is. When I first wrote this chapter, I kept thinking I should take out the first part and replace it with Comanche meeting Coyote for the first time.
I had to let it stand. I wrote it for a reason. The bad guy is nasty sick and twisted. The first part of chapter 1 shows this clearly. I still second guess myself but I still keep it.
Believe in what you write. It may turn off some of your readers but you write, even the horrible parts, for a reason. It’s organic. Would I write something so graphic next time. Depends. This depends on what character(s) I’m writing about are doing or are contemplating doing. My 7th book has some graphic parts but then again it’s about vampires…and vampires are a tad bloody and blood thirsty.
No matter what, keep writing the good fight. Write what you need to get down. Write what you want to read and what you want to see. Keep on writing!
Some days the bug bites and some days you ignore the itch when you can.
Today, I had epiphany after epiphany on what I wanted to do with description and narrative. It wasn’t that I hadn’t seen the wall it was more of ignoring until the scene solidified into more than a sketch. Something…you could smell, taste and touch when reading. Drawing the imagination in.
Letting the brain work the magic while meditate and cook.