Friday, November 20, 2009

What's the hardest thing you've ever written?

We all start off on this journey as a wanna be writer with a specific scene or story in mind. Then we jump in, with both feet - hands chained to the keyboard until it's just right. And then ... the story has to move along. Before you know it you've arrived at that scene. You know the one I mean - the one you're not very comfortable writing. It's the one you've convinced yourself you're no good at too! Coincidence?

Hmmm, so authors write from their own life's experiences right? You can just see Roald Dahl trying out what it's like to be buried alive - can't you? No of course not and that's where our creativity and vivid imagination comes from. Although at times it would be nice to try out that shower scene from Psycho - wouldn't it? And I'll just bet you know exactly who's going to be behind that curtain!

This is why, as an author, whenever life throws you scenarios you'd rather not deal with, you still try to psycho-analyse yourself. How does it feel? Is the feeling one that is constantly there or does it come and go in waves? What smell do I associate with it? Who do I turn to? Do they help me?

Then at the end of the day the final question is always - how can I make it better?

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