As you may know, I began a writing class a few weeks ago. This has so far been an interesting experience. Here’s a few random thoughts.
- I am totally rewriting the “novel” I started- as soon as I began the class, I realized that I had issues with the way the novel was set up.
- When we learned about plot last week, we learned that the main character needs to want something, and that is what makes up the crux of the book. Well- here’s the thing- I know my general plot. I know my characters. But I have no idea what she wants, because I keep rethinking the ending- I have two distinct endings in mind, and now I’m stymied as so how to write the book if I don’t know how it’s going to end.
- Apparently Stephan King (I don’t know if you’ve heard of him, but he writes books) has no idea where his books are going when he begins writing- so I could be Stephan King like.
- Apparently, Truman Capote (who, you say? Just think Audrey Hepburn) knew exactly what he was going to write. Should I be Capotesque?
- I can not refer to my “novel” without putting ironic quotes around novel- need to work on either self esteem or sense of irony
- I feel confident about my writing until I hear what other people wrote. I know I’m not alone in this, because every one of my classmates prefaces their reading with some sort of disclaimer as to how bad their piece is in comparison to everyone else’s. Comparing is a bad habit. Unless it’s me comparing to other works because mine truly are worse.
- I do not always like writing exercises, especially when they do not include dialogue. For some reason, I like to have my characters talk. Could this be because I am somewhat loquacious? Hmmmmmm…….have to think about why my characters talk so much and there is so little internal monologue.
- My characters all end up funny. I don’t know how this happens because I am not that funny in real life.
- My function over form attitude to just about everything could be a detriment. I am finding that I don’t really describe a scene- I throw in little details about the setting, but I need to work on creating a visual picture. I forget that just because I see the details in my mind, no one else does. And those details help to create your character. I may practice by writing posts in which I go into excruciating detail about the 5 rooms that make up my apartment. then I will describe the contents of every drawer and cabinet. If you are lucky, I will tell you what’s on the shelves and surfaces…..
- Writing is easy. Writing something that someone wants to read is hard. I have to determine what is more important- pleasing myself with my writing, or finding an audience. While I realize they are not mutually exclusive, I just don’t know if I can do both.
- Writing creates a lot of self doubt.
- Deep inside, I know that writing requires one to sit at a computer (or typewriter if you’re retro and live near a flea market) and type words, and sentences and paragraphs and chapters. This is very solitary. I have never been a social person, but I find the more that I write, the greater my need to interact with others. I can’t write is I’m alone with my thoughts too much. I need to air out those thoughts. Just think about that King guy and The Shining……(FYI- one and only SK book I ever read because it scared the pants off me….I could not read it at night……)
I have 7 more classes, and next week is the week that my 10 page piece gets
ripped apart discussed. I’m sure I’ll be taking about this again.