Hmm. Let’s think about this. After writing the first episode, I had the second episode literally dripping from my fingertips. LITERALLY. O_O Best writing week of my life (I say without considering the past because the point is that hyperbole or not, I can’t recall another constant week off the top of my head so who’s gonna call me on it? My journal? I don’t think so.). Then I finished the second episode. And. I’ve not written anything since. A little plotting, a little character info. A little opening and closing of documents. I even wondered if I could write in one of my other WIPs. Of which there are several and I’d like to make a dent in the pile. But, nay. My brain wants to stay where it is and also doesn’t want to give me more of last week. The world is anything but fair.
And to keep from sounding like that person who complains about writing and how it’s soooo hard and gosh, it’s so hard because it’s just so hard. Hi. Writing isn’t an obligation. You know, except to quiet those pesky voices that chase you around your daily life like some awesome Steve Carell movie in which he’s haunted by something that nobody else can see. What I’m saying is, why does it sound like people expect sympathy because “the writer’s life is hard”. I don’t know. Sorry, it’s just me. Let’s move on then. After I say, I *have* to write because it’s part of my dna – therefore I don’t see what there is to complain about. Everything that comes with that process is something I feel compelled to do. If not, just write for mastur– yourself, don’t put restrictions or deadlines on it and don’t worry about publication. Problem solved. ?
Anyway, the point of this entry was to list my favorite writing moments.
(1) When a character surprises you. I’ve talked about this before, but it really is ethereal. When you’re writing a scene – either freely or having conceptualized the direction and/or outcome – and the character says something entirely outside of that. And you realize it’s because that is what he or she must have said. As in, I was outlining based on where I wanted to take the story and the character proved him or herself. I am the creator – I realize and acknowledge that these guys are not calling the shots and demanding their stories be told. But they (you?) remind you in those moments that if you have given them attributes and motivations and dimensions then you can’t force them to do something they wouldn’t do.
(2) When you find out why. This is another one I’ve probably mentioned. But it’s unmatched. Really. You’re sleeping or walking around town or listening (heh – obviously not) to someone speak (usually to you, unfortunately). Suddenly, the world opens. If anyone could see inside of you, they’d see the olympic torch has replaced your heart and the fire is shooting through your veins to every extremity and your eyes are so wide, they can probably see it all from there. I’m pretty sure all drugs are trying to match that experience. Suddenly you know: why she left town for two weeks; how they became estranged; how the disease was spread; why no one found out before now. Some magnificent, critical thing that makes the whole world snap into place. Aaaaaaah.
What are your favorite writing moments?