Monday, February 13, 2012

Let it flow

Letting things flow gives a freeing sensation--imagine skipping through a field of flowers on a warm day or relaxing on a beach while a turquoise ocean touches your toes. That release allows you to move forward and let things seem easy, not complicated or difficult. It could be compared to letting things go as well. Being a writer we tend to hold onto feelings and moments. Maybe re-living them to the smallest detail and talking out loud to our characters. Some of the "normal" folks may think we are not totally sane, but we know better.

Holding onto things may also take place in real life. It leads to over thinking, halting rational thought, which could lead to even worse things like regret, loneliness, weird feelings of being used and that you're easily forgotten--just some examples. Yeah, strange thing the mind is (that's Yoda flowing through me).

It's like a large door of you're a nobody. The thing is--if you let it go and concentrate on yourself, then that freeing feeling I was talking about comes into play. That large door of nobody opens to a full-fledged party, starring you.

So enough of the heavy, I'm supposed to talk about writing not real life emotions, but of course this topic could span both.

Allowing yourself to write freely can open up the door of creativity. Yep, I'm talking about free writing. I used to free write before I knew "the rules," heck before I knew that's what it was called. Once I started chopping, erasing, line editing, fixing plot holes and character flaws that thing called breathing words ceased and became hard, rigid, and over thought.

Free writing. I finally did do this again. It felt good and I felt a little rebellious like I was breaking so many laws, which I probably did in a writerly sense, but that's okay. It allowed creativity to flow into a new story that I'm dying to write. It helped me think of a few details and start an outline.
It allowed me to breathe words again just like when you allow yourself to let things go in real life--you breathe.

You breathe and enjoy what is to come.

Have you done some free writing lately?

How was your weekend?

Have a great day!

10 comments:

  1. This is just what I needed to hear this morning. I've been struggling with a short story I want to write to submit to an anthology. I have parts of the story mapped out, but haven't been able to get passed the first paragraph. I think free writing will take me past this hurdle. Thx!

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  2. I've never been able to master free writing. I can't just write without evaluating every word that comes out of me and being certain that's where I want it to be. It's a weakness, really, not a strength.

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  3. Great post Christine! I think I should try this free writing as hopefully it will help with my current WIP. How exactly does one free write though? I've honestly never done it!

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  4. I haven't mastered free writing either...though I do love it when it happens to me, unbidden, in the middle of a story...I just go with it then...and edit later.

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  5. I like to free write about my story (back story, character development, etc.), which then gets me excited to write the actual story. It helps a lot.

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  6. I think that's great advice! So great in fact, that I think I'll follow it. ;D

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  7. Good gravy, this part was so familiar to me right now:

    "Holding onto things may also take place in real life. It leads to over thinking, halting rational thought, which could lead to even worse things like regret, loneliness, weird feelings of being used and that you're easily forgotten--just some examples. Yeah, strange thing the mind is (that's Yoda flowing through me). "

    Crazy things we do to ourselves.

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  8. Does writing the first draft count?

    I'm with Jeigh. I do the same things before plotting my wip. It is freeing, especially since no one will see it later on. :D

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  9. "The thing is--if you let it go and concentrate on yourself, then that freeing feeling I was talking about comes into play. That large door of nobody opens to a full-fledged party, starring you."

    What a beautiful sentiment. Great post!

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