There’s only seven days left of this writing madness. I hope everyone’s word count and novels are coming along just fine. Mine sure is. This year has been pretty relaxed, concerning NaNoWriMo. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been running around like a chicken with my head cut off – because I have been, with all my university assignments, essays and projects. What I mean, then, is that I haven’t really been behind on my word count all month – which is bit of a surprise for me. Being able to keep on top of things has been rather pleasant, and I have not been stressed out once about not reaching the 50,000 word goal. Which has been nice.
So I’ve been sitting here for a while, eating a Mars Bar….
Yum! I’ve been trying to figure out what to write about, but I’m a little distracted by a song that just came out. It’s been eleven years since her last album and I was pleasantly surprised by this new song, especially since she’s 66 years old. Naturally, I’m talking about Cher.
You should check it out, if you enjoy listening to grandmas sing pop music, because apparently I do.
This then, got me thinking, oh my gosh, all good things start with ‘C’. Chocolate, Cher and that’s as far as I got. I guess you could add cake and chocolate cake. That’s when it dawned on me that writing does not start with a ‘C’. Reading does not start with a ‘C’. Not even Superman starts with a ‘C’. So I kind of lied when I said ‘all good things…” but hey, what the hell.
Maybe one of you can think of something exciting that starts with ‘C’?
Anyways, maybe I should get serious here. Time to take it down a tone. We’ll dim the lights, making it really sombre, and get as sedate and pensive as possible. Of course, there is one problem with this. My blog is the brightest possible, nearly all white if you hadn’t noticed, so screw that idea as well.
Frankly, I just don’t do pensive or sedate.
On a completely unrelated note, I just realized my title rhymes. Take that poetry.
Anyways, I’ll stop wasting your time now. Let’s talk about writing.
OH MY GOODNESS. I just had a revelation! All good things DO start with ‘C’. Creative Writing! That’s a good thing!
Not only is it a good thing, it also provides a decent enough segue into what I wanted to discuss right now. Maybe, after you read my squabbling, you can share your thoughts to this simple, yet not-so-simple, question:
What does writing mean to you?
Well, to me, writing is the greatest joy of my life. Nothing else pleases me more than expressing emotions, thoughts, ideas and more in the form of words. I think it’s one of the best ways of expressing ourselves, especially for people who might be shy and a little nervous to talk about themselves with others. I am not this way, but some of you may be.
Writing can offer a release. There are many emotions that go into writing, and if you don’t experience any of them while you write, I don’t think that what you write is really going to be worth reading. Concerning myself, when I write I get worked up if it’s an exciting scene, I get angry if someone is yelling, etc. Many times I read out my dialogue – kind of like brainstorming before I write the final thought down – and I definitely add – to my voice – whatever emotion I wish to convey to my readers. This also works in another function, as well. I write my best fight scenes when I’m worked up and pissed off about something in my personal life.
I think writing is great, and I really consider it a gift to be able to write and have people read my writing and react positively. When I write, I create and enter a world all my own. Imagination is very key to this, and I consider mine to be boundless. When I delve into my imagination, I am in a realm of infinite possibility where I control the rules of the game. Never lose your ability to be imaginative because it helps you see things in a way not everyone does – it’s kind of like the eyes of an artist. They don’t ‘see’ the world, they ‘interpret’ the world.
Writers are no different. Many years ago I came up with an analogy that connects writing and art and I’ve been saying it to myself and others ever since. I truly believe that writing is just like painting a picture, except instead of colours, a writer uses words. This is the true beauty of writing, because when I write I am in command. I can choose words of the grandest origins with the most letters; I can choose words that fall of the tongue and penetrate the senses; I can even choose words that are dull and simple. Whatever my choice of words is, they never let me down.
There is much more to writing that I could talk about, but I think I conveyed this little synopsis of my thoughts quite sufficiently. This is where I turn the podium over to you and ask you the same question. Please feel free to respond. It’s great to hear about other writer’s thoughts on writing. If you’re not a writer, but you still want to offer a thought, I won’t be too upset. Might not read your comment because it’s not from a writer, but go ahead and post it anyway.
Don’t think you can lie to me either and say you’re a writer. If you do say you’re a writer, then I’ll actually read your comment, but if you’re not a writer I’ll be able to tell. Then we’ll have an even more serious problem on our hands.
I’m kidding of course.
Or am I….? Post to find out…? (This is where I would raise one eyebrow at you, if I could. But I can’t, so just pretend I am. Use those imaginations we talked about earlier!)
Thanks for reading!
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