“You don’t try to reverse the river or get it to jump over a mountain, you harness its flow and energy to gently urge that it join up with other tributaries.” David Byrne
Contrary to popular belief, I don’t think that writing is a lonesome activity. Granted, like many writers I spend a lot of time by myself in a room, working on a computer. Seeing as I maintain my focus best when there’s no-one else around, I often choose to be on my own when I write. However, the writing process isn’t merely comprised of typing words on a page. In fact, there are various important facets to writing that involve other people, and so writing, for me, becomes a game of communication and collaboration. Not only has such collaboration enabled me to write higher quality texts, but I also find it energizing and motivating.
Continue reading “Synergy: Writers and Editors in Collaboration”
“Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion.”
— Red Haircrow
Beginnings are always the hardest. Sitting at your computer, chasing that perfect opening line across your mindscape, searching, constantly searching. In what lair is it hidden? In what vault is it kept? In what forge is it created? And where are these places located? The mind is a strange realm, indeed; there’s so much uncharted territory that has yet to be discovered. Continue reading “The Writer’s High”
There is another side to Creative Writing, one that has less to do with inspiration and letting your imagination run free on paper, but which involves a lot of eliminating, evaluating, repositioning, and table flipping. This less romantic, technical side is still an important -and rather interesting- part of the creative process, because it is necessary to make sure your work is pleasing in structure and coherence as well as style, creativity and ideology. This also gives you a better understanding of your own abilities and provides the necessary tools that can help to improve your weaknesses. This series of articles will look at some of those aspects of the technical side of Creative Writing, to see what techniques and methods can be used, and how to use them to turn your ideas into a creative text that will make sense to the readers and, hopefully, also be enjoyable. Continue reading “The Technicalities of Creative Writing, Part 1: Narrative Modes”