Last Saturday I had a chance to attend two workshops presented by the fabulous Theresa Meyers. She spoke about outlining as well as self-editing. I enjoyed her enthusiasm as much as I did her presentations. She had wonderful suggestions and advice. And as much as I loved listening to her, figuring out what ideas would work for me – I had one of those AHA moments completely unrelated to her workshops.
Sometimes it is really hard to see the big picture. In all things. We get so caught up in what we are doing that we don’t take time to step back and see where we are and why we do certain things. I think this can be especially true of writing. We, as writers, can get so caught up in our stories that we forget to look at the story as a whole. And in our race to publication, we can get so caught up in the requests and rejections we forget why we are doing what we do.
At one point Ms. Meyers said she had thought of quitting. She decided against it because she would still have all those people and their stories in her head. And writing is cheaper than therapy.
I love the people in my head. They have some amazing stories – some that I struggle to figure out and others that I get so completely entrenched in, I am thankful that breathing is an automatic physical function.
I went to learn about techniques to help me become a better writer and I also felt the need for some writerly support – a little boost, to be around a like group of similarly afflicted people. I got all of that in addition to a “step back” moment.
Those people in my head are never going to go away. I don’t want them to. I love them. They are funny and crazy and sad and a whole host of other descriptions. They want me to tell their stories. And get it right. And write it well.
A simple thing that I had – sort of – set to the side; focusing on my current WIP, or a character’s backstory or a deadline for a contest.
I am excited about writing to become a published author. I love writing. That’s a good thing because those people are never, ever going to go away. AHA.