Thursday, September 15, 2011
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit at a typewriter and bleed.—Ernest Hemingway
In my case, the laptop, but I never thought of writing fiction as bleeding. But, it really is. I just completed about an hour of research online for a screenplay I’m focusing on. That’s a big feat considering that I’m making dinner and keeping my children entertained in the next room.
So, I’m taking a break from writing so I can….write some more. Crazy? Yes. I wonder why I even bother sometimes. Why can’t I be obsessed about something else or satisfied with just being a Navy wife, homemaker, mother of two wonderful, amazing kids?
Why? Why is it that when I get a story idea I can’t think of anything else. My brain squeezing out scenes and storylines before I finally fall asleep, praying that I will remember the next morning, something brilliant I created in my head. Why am I fleshing out characters, giving them quirks and making myself care about them like they were real? Why is it that I have a yellow Mead notebook from when I was 19 years old (18 years ago) etched with the notes and outline of Jet City Woman, the novel I was supposed to finish…and someday will, except that damn movie, Colombiana just came out with the same premise I had for my novel. By the way, with a title like Jet City Woman, you know I was listening to some Queensryche. Date myself, why don’t I?
I’ve dusted off the old, almost rusted spiral yellow notebook and started notes in the second segment for my screenplay; I have only shared the storyline with my husband and my buddy, Trini, thus far. Intellectual property…I’m keeping it close for now.
So, back to my inspiration before I have to go off and serve dinner, attend a school function, get the kids ready for bed…..my passion comes in slices each day, which I hope will add up to a finished product, whether it’s a novel or screenplay, the worlds and people I create on a page will soon see the light of day. PEACE OUT and thanks for reading this….and thank you to my buddy, Raquel for forwarding information containing Hemingway’s awesome quote!
And, well to answer the WHY? I love words, I love stories, I love description, I love symbolism….I love teaching with my words. I’ll have to get back to you.
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