I wrote something slightly out of the ordinary for this blog. A little story. 😳
Actually, I wrote two; one I had written a couple of weeks ago but it needed tweaking, and the other I’m still working on. Then, I stumbled on a third story for which I have many chapters that I almost forgot about. I read the first chapter and cringed…it’s been in a holding pattern for a couple of years, and this is probably a good thing because it needs severe editing. (It’s a love story…hah. Like I have any business at all to write love stories…) 🙄
I will pick one of the two other ones and release it tomorrow. Okay?
Today however, I’m pondering writing quotes. And its sidekick FEAR.
Fear is an idea-crippling, experience-crushing inhibitor inflicted only by yourself. Stephanie Melish
F.E.A.R. has two meanings:
Forget Everything And Run
Face Everything And Rise
the choice is yours
I don’t know who said the above. It came up as a pinterest worthy thingy on social media. But I like it. And the choice is mine, so I will pick…The second one. Boo.
Mark Twain may have been a celebrated writer, but I am not convinced the quote below is quite to my liking:
Write what you know. Mark Twain
If I only wrote about what I knew, where would the challenge be in that? I mean, in fiction writing, imagination plays such a large role – to simply write what we know would severely limit our creative capabilities…Think about it. If you write about an axe murderer, do you have to be an axe murderer? 🤔
I guess if you battle an addiction or some mental illness or, you know, rage (hormonal or otherwise 😂), you could let that stuff fuel your stories…but that doesn’t mean you have to become an axe murderer to write convincingly about one…
(Do you? I don’t know…)
I do like to embellish things in writing. I like expanding on the snippets of knowledge, real or imagined, and let loose with a flood of words. The trick is to write your story convincingly. You want your readers to like your characters and your scenes. You want them to want more. At least, this holds true for me.
One thing I keep thinking about as absolute truth (for me) is this quote:
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou
I am not sure if she means autobiographical stories, or fictional ones, either way, if there’s a story brewing inside my head, I must get it out. Which leads me to this quote:
The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart. Maya Angelou
And finally, my last attempt at getting it done:
If not now, when? Writer of Words etc.