I once had a dispute with my English professor. She said, no matter what you’re writing, you should always write an outline. I said bullshit…just say no to outlines. Maybe if you are being forced to write about something you aren’t really feeling (such as an essay for English class on the differences between Finnish and American governments) then, yes, an outline may be of some help because it’s not like it affected your spirit so deeply that you are bursting with something to say in reply. (Well, it didn’t me anyway.) But when it comes to poetry and prose…these are things written (or should be written) in the moment, as you feel it, when your spirit is deeply stricken with an emotion that you can’t do anything else but spill your feelings onto the page.
When I write, and this includes everything on my blog, I do not edit or outline. I write only in the moment. When something hits me and aches to get out. I cannot for the life of me say, okay, let me sit down and decide how this is going to be laid out:
…yeah right! I don’t think so. By the time I do that, the raw feelings beating in my chest would be gone, or at least diminished and I would be left with crap. Nobody reads…and more importantly, nobody FEELS crap. My goal is to take my reader on the ride with me. I want to put them in my head and allow them to feel what I am feeling. The chaos, the anger, the love, the joy, the sadness….whatever. I want to deliver something to them that they can feel the way I felt it. Not some perfectly manicured piece of dolled up fancy words that would never come out of my mouth anyway. For example, if I am upset, what I write is what they would hear my heart whisper if I were sobbing on their shoulder. And that’s how it should always be done. Of course, this is only MY opinion.
You spill your heart, bleed your emotions and in a beautiful plea, you say what is in your heart. Not stopping to question your choice of words, not going back and changing them, but simply crying out what you feel inside. That is how it should be done, whether your tool is your mouth or your pen. What comes in a moment of passion, is very much the truest of all things. And they will demand to be felt.
When I began writing at twelve years old, I didn’t concern myself much with form. Writing to me was always just a way to release something I felt inside and gave me freedom to express my emotions through words without the pressure of explanation to anyone other than myself. For example, I could take a gut wrenching heartache from being rejected by a crush and spill out on paper how it made me feel, whether I used definitive description of what one might call prose or the secrecy of the ‘abstract’, either way, the words were mine, I owned them and I felt better. Never once while sitting at my little vanity dresser in the quiet of my room, did I stop to critique my work and make sure my semicolons were in the right place or my line breaks were spot on. I just wrote what I felt, ignorant to the many rules associated with proper writing. All I knew was, words made me feel good and I found joy in my pen when my world was sad.
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” -Ernest Hemingway
“People have writer’s block not because they can’t write, but because they despair of writing eloquently.” -Anna Quindlen
I happened to come across a post by Laura Page, a fellow blogger over at Literary Legs, who seems to have the same ideas about writing as I do. “Messiness makes me happy”, Laura proclaims and I must agree.
The way I see it, there is a freedom in art. Whether you are a painter or a writer, the act of self expression is limitless and is such a deeply personal statement about the creator and their feelings. So, how can one place rules on that? It (to me) would be like telling an artist they can paint the grass but they may only use green, the sun but only orange. Or telling a poet the only way they can describe grief is by using the word sad. Now some might say my lack of care for the rules exhibits laziness or possibly that it’s an excuse to be sloppy and present inadequate work. What do I say to those people? If you don’t like it, don’t read it. Simple. I own every word I write. Combining them and weaving them to please me, to satisfy me, to bring ME joy. Like a seamstress with fabric, a painter with colors or a musician with instruments.
Are you sick of the quotes yet? Too bad, here’s another…
“The secret of it all, is to write in the gush, the throb, the flood, of the moment – to put things down without deliberation – without worrying about their style – without waiting for a fit time or place. I always worked that way. I took the first scrap of paper, the first doorstep, the first desk, and wrote – wrote, wrote…By writing at the instant the very heartbeat of life is caught.” -Walt Whitman
Let’s talk rhyming…
This is another sensitive area for me, as I feel (and this is my own personal opinion) that rhyme is too restrictive. Grant it, I have written in rhyme on a few occasions and it only worked out when the feelings were completely on the surface and alive. Writing anything is always better in the moment you feel it, but for myself in most cases I am never happy with a piece of work that I feel I have had to force, and rhyme tends to slam me up against the wall and scream at me, “You have to use this word!” It is rare to match words that convey exactly what it is you want to say. Oh look! I just did it!
If you are familiar with my blog and have read much of my writing, then you probably already know that ‘prose’ or free verse is my forte, and even though I call it “prose” and “free verse”, it very well may not be up to par with the rules of writing such, but do I care? No. Do you care? Maybe. I simply enjoy the pleasure in putting my pen to paper or my fingertips to the keyboard and pressing away at the wonders outside my window, the feelings inside my heart and the chaos inside my head until I can exhale and go to sleep on my pillow without that little voice whispering to me “write this down”.
Art = Freedom… Do you agree? How do you feel about the limits and rules placed on the craft of self expression?
How do you feel about the art of writing?
I could have left you with another quote, but instead I decided to share with you (in its entirety) the very best advice I’ve ever learned as a writer.
(Written by the legendary Charles Bukowski)
“so you want to be a writer”
if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
searching for words,
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it for money or
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don’t do it.
if it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,
don’t do it.
if you’re trying to write like somebody
forget about it.
if you have to wait for it to roar out of
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.
if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you’re not ready.
don’t be like so many writers,
don’t be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don’t be dull and boring and
pretentious, don’t be consumed with self-
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
over your kind.
don’t add to that.
don’t do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don’t do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don’t do it.
when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.
there is no other way.
and there never was.
hi Kellie sorry but i understand english but i think you are pretty bloggeuse 🙂
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I totally agree! This is why I never took a class on poetry or fiction writing. I think it would’ve ruined it for me. I prefer to learn about science and math and then, on my spare time, be creative with my art, poetry, and music (I play ukulele). Why make such a beautiful thing into work? (Of course, this is my opinion and we’re talking about me here. I’m sure some people like taking classes on poetry and fiction writing and they feel free because of it.)
Definitely believe that which you stated.
Your favorite justification seemed to be on the net the easiest thing to
be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people think about worries that they plainly do
not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the whole thing
without having side-effects , people can take a signal.
Will likely be back to get more. Thanks
How did I already know I’d come back to this and that it would inspire me again?!
Awh! ♥ Thank you so much! xox
This poem is marvellous in articulating everything I feel about writing. As I wrote a few months ago in expressing my decision to focus on become a writer: “the beautiful thing about writing is that I never know what will emerge. For me, it is spontaneous, an unbridled creature that I let loose to roam free in the recesses of my imagination”. Thank you Kellie!
Hi Kellie – I’ve discovered you after an interesting comments exchange with Annie on Annie’s Muse. Annie suggested I check out your site and Freewrite Friday. I’m going to return and explore some more, since I like what you’ve got here so far. See you soon!
Welcome, Shery. Nice to meet you. I look forward to seeing you around. ♥
Kellie … this is Sooo me … especially the section about rhyming … I am free verse all the way and will almost go out of my way to NOT rhyme. Best advice my first writing mentor gave me about poetry is ‘don’t force the fit’ let the words flow and tell your story your way and you’ll have a poem that is you … not a poem you think someone wants you to write!
Outlines … hate them and when required to do one would actually create it after the writing was completed!!!
Lol that’s funny. I did the same thing. I always wrote my essay first in one sitting, then the outline after I cleaned it up for teacher. Lol
Only way an outline ever worked for me … even my dissertation in grad school … drove my major professor CRAZY!
There’s nothing like the relief of finding what you’re looking for.
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Since Kellie put it so well, I decided to let her words tell how I feel on this subject. 🙂
I agree with you in that outlines have their places….and that is usually not at mine. 😉 It is too restricting and my muse complains by clamming up, which is so not helpful.
When it comes to writing poetry, if it doesn’t flow for me and I do not have it done within a few minutes then I abandon it because obviously I do not feel it…or at least not all of it just yet. When it comes to my novel writing, I will write what comes to me. Then it sits and stews or I learn something more about the situation or character I am writing about and as I reread I change things. A long tedious procedure for some, but it is what works for me.
Since you have put so eloquently into words how I also feel I would like to reblog this. 🙂
Heidi, we seem to have a lot in common when it comes to taking on the muse. 🙂 It works for me just the same way!
And I would be honored to have you reblog this. Thank you! xox
I LOVE what you have written Kellie. And I thank you so much for teaching me this. Every course I took and every person who taught me said that the outline is the thing. I would stumble and feel unable to surmount the obstacle – and I hadn’t even begun yet. I came to believe I could never write a piece of fiction. And yet, writing the way you do, I have been able to write snatches here and there and have tentatively begun to write a full story.
And I love your poetry Kellie. Your words always touch my heart.
Your words touch my heart as well. It makes me happy to know that the words I put down find meaning to some. I appreciate your kindness and friendship.
As for outlines and the mechanics of writing, I think you do a wonderful job no matter how you get it done. You always deliver such lovely prose and stories. I’m happy to hear that I could help you in some way. I wish you continued success and endless ink =) Keep writing!
Much love xox
Great one to dig out of the archives! Gotta come back and reread when I’m not running off to work! GREAT writing… as always!
Thank you! 🙂
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Personally I think Bukowski sucks – but it’s subjective. Isn’t it?
Ahhh, you must me an English teacher. Or and editor? Or possibly an author? Perhaps all three? 😉
Actually I used to like Bukowski and the Beats and similar stuff. My esthetic sensibilities did a sudden shift later on…I DO love one poem by him:
Read and commented. 🙂 Thank you for sharing. xo
Being a novice writer I don´t have a clue how to make a good outline or be a discovery writer, I pretty much know nothing so good I´m reading this thing.
“There is nothing at all to writing. You just sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” -Hemingway
Truest saying ever. Just write.
I have updated this post since you commented. Please re-read for my thoughts on your reply. 🙂 Also, I think you should also have a look at my FWF page 😉 http://kellieelmore.com/category/free-write-friday/
I´ll have to write that quote down.
re read it! So I´m not alone, I rarely edit when I write a post, let alone make an outline. Will they help, I don´t know, I just know I have fun letting everything come out as it comes and having fun writing right now is quite more important than thinking I´m going to make the best blog and best writing come out that the world has yet to see.
Up lifting post. I still have to check out your Friday writing thing…I´ll get there, seems interesting.
Hey! You’ve grown a lot these past three years! I’m glad to see you’ve made it this far and pray for your continued success. : D
Oh thank you so much. Happy to see you. All my very best to you as well, friend. xox
I found you through the backdoor. I am beginning to find the best of the best that way. Through a comment on another blog… that makes me backtrack to your own blog and I am so happy that I did! I clicked follow as soon as I entered! I just knew somehow that I was supposed to be here!
Thank you so much. I hope you find something here that you enjoy and I look forward to having you visit. ♥
First off – you can never have enough quotes *Talking as a self-confessed quotes junkie* 😉
Secondly – I love this post and I wholeheartedly agree.
I started off writing with poetry and free verse and I the ink that spilled out flowed from my veins without any thought to RULES. I have a theory that we poets are the rebels of the literary industry. We see writing in a more visceral way and that rawness is the heartbeat in our words. Even though I am now also writing fiction – both short and long – that raw, visceral “to use the word used” *MESSINESS*” still drives all my words, whether in poem, free verse, prose, short fiction or long fiction.
Here’s 2 quotes for you Kellie: Ars longa, Vita brevis *an oldie but a goodie*
and my personal favourite: “If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful
dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories —” – Ray Bradbury *The perfect, crazy, messy way to write.* 🙂
What a wonderful comment! Thank you so much for coming by and for the amazing Bradbury quote. I too am a quote junkie 😉
Keep writing with total abandon and your words will be engraved in history. All my best to you. ❤
Unless it comes out of your soul like a rocket, unless being still would drive you to madness or suicide or murder, don’t do it…YES!! I was unable to explain my own feelings on how dry spells make me feel, but I do have the sense to ‘don’t do it’ when it happens. You have touched and called out a part of me that even I did not know could be identified – THANK YOU!!!
No thanks necessary. Just keep pressing away. There is such life, power and healing in the written word. ♥
All my best,
Thank you for your reply. I just wrote a post and linked it to your blog. I must admit that while I am not so new to writing, I really am new to the internet etiquette that comes with it when running a blog, so please forgive my hastiness and not asking for permission in advance – it came from pure admiration of your work so just let me know if I need to un-link. Thanks again for your advice! I do hold it dear.
I appreciate your comment, thank you so much for the kind words. I’m am happy to allow you to link me. Good luck with your blog, I’m sure it will be a success!
Thanks for the follow.
YEEEEEES. I have difficulty writing when I provide too much structure. My haiku seems forced; my cadence and syntax not QUITE what it should be. So if I want to get a thought out, I freewrite it first. Then I can sometimes find a format that it WANTS to be in.
keep writing! 🙂
A great post…so instinctive is the way to go…I like that very much!!! Enjoyed this post immensely.
Thank you, love. And I agree… follow your instincts…not rules 😉
I’ve just nominated you for the Sunshine Award! You can check out the details on my blog http://theamateurcamera.wordpress.com/2013/04/27/sunshine-happy-happy-happy/ 🙂
I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award. Congrats from me 🙂
Hi Kellie, You have fresh, bright ideas that make writing and reading a joyous and nourishing experience. Keep on glowing. Thank you also for stopping by my post.
Thanks so very much for your sweet comment, Shain! ♥
I happened to come across this.Thank you for sharing your thoughts on writing. I took to writing a year back but I found myself running from it..after reading this, I want to see things in a different light again.
I’m so happy to hear that you will be picking your pen back up! A writing coach (and dear friend) once told me, ‘there is no wrong in writing’. That was one piece of advice that stuck. Once I grasped that, I was at ease, my pen was free and the burden, which should have never been there, was gone. Let your heart and emotions seep through your pen and you cannot get it wrong.
Hey, look at that — someone who responds to every comment! It’s a rarity these days! Looking forward to exploring your site.
Looking forward to seeing you around! 🙂
It is a rarity. I always try to respond to every comment, too.
Truth must never be restricted…Once you’ve introduced restraint in truth you have diminished it. (Can it even be called truth any longer?) Just as weeping may not look pretty, it comes from the heart and what is in the heart is truth, no matter how well hidden.
~Glad to have found your writings~ God bless
What a beautiful way to put it. Well said and I completely agree. ♥
Thanks for coming by! xox
AH!! thank you for writing this!
I just started writing, but its been in my heart since I was a kid.
Thank you for the advice! 🙂
My pleasure. Keep pressing away. ♥ Love the words. 🙂
Art is indeed the only place where freedom can exist without its flip-side, responsibility. In art exists the artist. The artist presents self and there are no rules other than whatever rules the artist chooses. I love the study of art history. The personality of the tales has always been there, in all art, but the individuality of it has evolved magnificently. It will do it by itself… often in spite of intent. Many give up on account of this rather than letting themselves burn. Thanks!
Thanks for your comment. I agree, we must set fire within our weapon of choice and be fearless when it comes to expression. Light it up!!! xox
Hi, please have a look, I have nominated you for an award.
Ah Kellie, I couldn’t agree more. I’ve never been one for constraints and grammatical rules. I write because I feel or have felt, I write based on my real experiences or empathy with experiences of others. You had me at ‘writing is weeping’, perfect way to describe it x
Totally! I’m sure this may have ruffled some feathers, but the way I see it, I write for my own needs, not anyone else’s. I just share it when I’ve gotten it out. If they don’t like it, stop reading and move on. 🙂 I HAVE to write it, but you don’t HAVE to read it. lol
Thanks for coming by, Vanessa! Was so happy to have you visit me. ♥
Hi Honey, I read this earlier today and now that you have posted on FB I need to comment. To a certain extent messy is perfect. Dressy messy hair, ripped jeans (oh so sexy) but in writing, although you shoot from the heart, I don’t find it messy – I find it honest. Grammar and semi-colons aside, great words evoking deep emotions make you and others like you not only artists but saviours to those who feel the same feelings but don’t seem to be able to express them. You are of the people. By sharing your work, without constraint and exposing your fears and passions, readers are able to ignite their own flame and know they are never (never*) Alone and how wonderful is that … xx
You warm my heart with your sweet words. ♥ All I ever want to do is inspire…thank you for saying I have done so. That truly means so much to me.
I know how much it means and yet I appreciate (so much) your response. We are a generation apart in age but close in the whole scope of things. I get you. xxxx
We actually may not be that far apart (in age). 😉 But I am happy you get me! 🙂 Glad someone does lol! Muahhhhhh! xoxox
Some good thoughts here. I have finally taken the plunge and started shopping a few of my short stories around. I am proud of myself for doing it but at the same time am discouraged by how many rejections I am getting (esp the ones that say: We love your story but it is not right for us). You have reminded me of the pleasure of just writing for the joy of it again which is what I needed I think. Though I wonder why the stories that I wrote in that vain are not more widely accepted. Btw, do you have a post on how to deal with rejection letters? Like I said, I am mainly discouraged by the ones that rave about my story but yet say they can’t publish it. If even the people who like it won’t publish it, who will I wonder?
I am happy to hear that you are pushing through the rejection. That is what you must continue to do no matter what. 🙂
I do not have a post written on what you are looking for BUT the following is a link to my amazing writing coach. You can find all kinds of goodies there! Tell her I sent you!
Hi, thanks for liking my post! It felt really good to see that you liked my post. I have just begun to write, but I know I don’t want to do poetry or anything formal. I started to write just for the love of it. I want to write basically just about my thoughts, feelings and observations of things around me. Can you please guide me into becoming a better writer/blogger (i still can’t figure out the difference between the two 😛 ) Thanks for the inspiration, if time permits I will try the free write friday excercise!
My pleasure and thanks for the visit back. Free Write Friday is a great way to practice your writing skills. Prompts include words, phrases, quotes, images etc… and you just write based on the topic each week. I hope you will try writing with us. Best of luck…you will do just fine! xox
Hi Kellie, Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post…I really loved what you had to say in this one. I find that I don’t write more because I’m always looking for the perfect words instead of just good words, and it just stops me in my tracks. This has inspired me to be nicer to the writer in me 🙂
When you find yourself searching for a word or forcing your words…stop. Leave it alone and come back to it later. 🙂
Hi there, thanks for visiting my blog… Any encouragement is welcome at this stage! I really enjoyed reading your post and looking through your blog. I started writing when I was about 12 years old, when no rules applied, which thinking back on it was quite liberating. Now especially as I’m studying, there are heaps which though I understand are necessary, I do often miss the reckless abandon I had in my younger years! Poetry is quite a new thing to me, I’m more of a prose girl, but I’m starting to embrace it, perhaps with a bit more “messiness” in the future 😉 I’ll definitely come back here again anyway!
I do love the reckless abandon and the freedom in my pen! So happy you enjoyed your visit here and I look forward to having you back. Maybe you might join us for a Free Write Friday exercise perhaps??? 😉
Bit swamped at the mo with coursework, etc, but will definitely have a look; sounds interesting!
Freedom…thirteen, my first, formal stanzas that made an aunt cry. At sixteen, when they asked
what grown-up? Yes, then, writer. I remember you, a few days after stepping to WordPress, last
July. Thanks for stopping back. So many years, formality, now experimental minimalist, to be called
anything at all, doesn’t matter, just a writer & free. I’m 62 now, know where when is and yet…look to
beauty for the best resolution, too often looking back.
Chopin, Wolfe, Faulkner, Welty, McCullers, McCarthy….as others of the grand tradition.
Oh, an ebook (green eyebrows rise)
Have you ever shared the poem that made your aunt cry? I wrote one “epic” poem that made my dad go “WOW”… he wondered how my head could wrap itself around some of the things I put in it lol. I have never shared it with anyone other than him.
Thanks for dropping by my blog and liking my post, I want for her.
I am new to your work, so at present unfamiliar with your style, but will be interested to read your writing. I understand the “messiness” of writing and the personal nature of spilling out emotion onto a page to process and manage a response to an emotional event – it is a cathartic, often necessary process for those who write, I believe.
I find your response to rules very interesting. I have almost the opposite response (to final, not initial writing). Within (some) rules (and this is my personal response), there is an incredible sense of accomplishment that comes from being able to follow or work within a set of rules and still convey the same rawness of emotion. I find working within some grammatical conventions a fun, creative challenge as they can provide emphasis and pause. Imposing structure on an emotional, raw piece of work can help make sense of what has occurred.
So nice to have you come by and offer your thoughts. I appreciate that and look forward to reading more from you as well. I really hope you enjoy my work, even if it is a bit “unruly” 😉
Kellie, I have to say that I do both.
I am learning that when I write completely at the whims of my inner self/muse, I do lose people a number of times.
So, I have to put some mental effort into my outlines and settings and contexts.
Thanks a lot for the follow. Appreciated.
I have many pieces where I even lost myself 🙂 Those are the ones I save to drafts and look back on later in hopes something brand new can be born from it.
Yay, I get that too, though I need to use proper punctuation sometimes… Lol. I do too write in a way “That the prose of the poem, may actually fit with what it stands on.” I’ve always done that too = ) Thank you for following my blog, and your likes on my post
My pleasure. Thank you for coming by.
So much to think about here. I loved this post. I need to come back later so I’ve bookmarked it. I’m thinking through a lot of this stuff relative to my own poems so thank you for posting this.
Thanks for coming by. Looking forward to your return. 🙂
It is true. Same with me. When I write something it’s like I am surrounded by a fog of feelings and I can’t see anything but just a path I am walking on.
I am somewhere else & I think it’s our’s, just us, you know personal.
It’s also with painting. If I try to force things out it never have the same result. Best writings comes from heart and feelings.
Nice metaphor… it really is like a fog and you walk it with blinders on, straight ahead and onward without regard until it’s complete. ♥ Keep writing from the heart!
You too 🙂
I love hearing others’ opinions on rhyming…receiving classic writing training makes me feel like I should rhyme and have specific structure, but like you, I prefer the freedom and messiness of blank verse!
Thanks for your comment, Courtney. ♥
Just discovered your site and love this quote. It really is too many kinds of awesome to count. 🙂
Well, thank you so much! ♥
Hi Kellie! Your words are highly motivating for a individual like me, who writes just for self expression ,unaware of any rules. Thank you.
Keep writing ♥
My dear Kellie you are in the camp of the Discovery writer. You are not the plotter or the outliner, or the plan ahead person….a lot of good writers write this way (Stephen King as an example). I am myself am somewhere in between the outliner and the discoverey writer. I do a verrrry loose outline of the story to give me a little direction but then I write in a flourish so as not to lose the passion behind what I wish to say knowing I can and will go back and fill in the holes and clean up the details later. ALL good discovery writers do this. Ray Bradbury did this all the time…he wrote Fahrenheit 451 intially in a flourish up to 25,000 words. Then later went back and and prettied it up you might say up to a total of a little over 40.000 words. Feel first, I guess I’m saying think second…Best of luck…:)
My dear Kellie you are in the camp of the Discovery writer. You are not the plotter or the outliner, or the plan ahead person….a lot of good writers write this way (Stephen King as an example). I am myself am somewhere in between the outliner and the discoverey writer. I do a verrrry loose outline of the story to give me a little direction but then I write in a flourish so as not to lose the passion behind what I wish to say knowing I can and will go back and fill in the holes and clean up the details later. ALL good discovery writers do this. Ray Bradbury did this all the time…he wrote Fahrenheit 451 initially in a flourish of up 25,000 words. Then later went back and and prettied it up you might say up to a total of a little over 40.000 words. Feel first I guess I’m saying, think second…Best of luck…:)
Thank you so much. I appreciate your kind words and encouragement. I hope you have enjoyed your visit here and look forward to your feedback anytime!
Best of luck in all you do as well!
“People have writer’s block not because they can’t write, but because they despair of writing eloquently.” -Anna Quindlen
^ Perhaps that is me? One of the reasons I don’t write very often is the lack of faith I have in my ability and well.. myself in general. I’ve always loved writing freely and basically vomiting words and ideas onto a page, but over the past couple of years I’ve even found that hard to do as my inner grammar Nazi (though it does not know much anyway) keeps taking over.
After reading this, I feel like I should have another go at reading. I love your personal story and I think it’s inspired me to get back into writing – something I should never have given up on. Regardless of whether I’m good or not. Thank you for that. (:
Amber, this is my struggle at the moment as well. I am trying to write a full length novel which is something I have never attempted and it is really a difficult venture. I find myself second guessing my words, phrases, narrative etc… and all I want to do is just tell the story in my head. Rules always place pressure on you and unless you work well under pressure then it is really hard to push through…but, I intend on doing it no matter what, it just may take me a bit longer. =)
I am so happy to hear that you are picking up your pen again. Never stop writing, no matter what. The benefits from it far outweigh the errors and typo’s that can be fixed later. Just get it out. Your stories, your emotions, your idea’s…are all a gift to the world, as you never know who will be touched, inspired, saved, motivated or simply made to smile by what it is you have to say…so say it. =)
Best of luck in all you do! Keep penning!
I absolutely agree. I do often write in rhyme, but that’s just how the emotions spill out. If I try too hard, the result is usually a bit crap. I do think grammar is important, but generally find ‘rules’ restrictive. Besides, who wrote the rules anyway? 😉
Totally agree! Who does write the rules? lol! I prefer to make my own…some of the greatest people in history did just fine carving new paths 😉 Thanks for the comment, and support! xox
i hate rules. i like to use my outside voice inside, and vice versa. ain’t nobody grading me. i agree with you totally.
me tooooo! =)
I wholeheartedly agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hi Kellie, I love your blog so I nominated you 🙂
I agree to get it all out I have to spill it in a big mess. It does feel good. To write for others is when a bit of cleaning is needed, IMHO. I also enjoy writing in restrictive forms because it is like a word puzzle for me… To get all the pieces to fit just right is not only fun but a brain exercise for me ( kind of like crossword puzzles I guess, only with some creativity thrown in there)
Thought provoking post, Kellie. Thanks.
I guess i failed to mention that there are times I enjoy the challenge 🙂 such as with haiku and tanka. But I have to be completely comitted and in the right mindset to take it on. but most of the time i just let it spill lol 🙂
thanks for the comment sheila!
I just hope you keep doing what you are doing.
thanks Michael and I most certainly will. nice to know you enjoy my stuff 🙂 hugs!
Hi Kellie, thanks so much for the buzz! You have a beautiful blog, here!
My pleasure, Laura! 🙂