Saturday, April 19, 2008

Writing

So I wonder if this urge I have to write is a way for me to avoid reality. I need to find a job, a real job and yet I just seem to get more and more obsessed with writing something. I don't seem to have a problem writing poetry, I can whip out a poem in about five minutes, but try to write some fiction and the blank page just stares at me. It's almost as if it's taunting me, daring me to even try. I think I could write essays or magazine articles, but there's something about writing dialogue that has me stumped. It's funny because I read constantly you would think it would just come naturally, but I can't even seem to get a conversation out. I read the blogs of other writers, fellow blogging writers and I get a little jealous of their progress. One just celebrated the finishing of their novel and I was like wow, I want to write a novel when I should be like that's so great, I'm so happy for you. Oh well, just some thoughts I've been wrestling with, I will write something eventually.

3 comments:

extemporaneous said...

Leigh, I struggle with this all the time. Sometimes I just write, knowing it will be crap but at least there are words on the screen, at least there is something to start from!

I don't know what the answer is!

I swear, we are SO alike in so many ways! :)

Heather

Nate said...

Hey Leigh,

I suffer from the same issue when I sit down to write. The automatic writing suggested by extemporaneous works.

Have you read Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl? http://www.powells.com/biblio/18-067003777x-0

It's excellent. Pessl used Excel spreadsheet to track her plot, characters, etc. In writing dialogue, I've found it helpful to know who my character. Where are they from? What kinds of words would they use? Are they emotional, overly-rational, etc. They end up writing their own dialogue at that point.

I didn't know you wanted to write! That's exciting!

Gayla said...

Hi, Sweetie... I love your new car, your new hair... and all your posts I've read so far. I finally am here, present on your blog... So fun... I hope you sell your house and can get the new one. Hugs from home..

Gayla