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...or maybe just a writer's strategy.

So I'm studying for my Adolescent Development midterm (fun fun), and there's a little section on creativity and how to encourage it. One of the points says "Foster flexible and playful thinking" and continues with this:

"Although creativity takes effort, the effort goes more smoothly if [taken] lightly."

Way to sum up my problem in 15 words or less. *laughs* I've been so focused on gotta get some writing done, gotta get those stories out there so I can start making a name and start getting read and work my way up that I started taking it too seriously. Do or die, write the perfect story, be all you can be... er... yeah. Paging mlc. Remember why you write in the first place? Because you love it, because it makes you happy, because it's so goddamned fun? Like, duh. *rolls eyes* Stereotypical-teen-self says, forget publishing, who the hell cares, write to enjoy, and worry about that other crap later. Sometimes older does not make wiser.

Who says you don't learn anything about life in school?

The difficult part is, implimenting it. I mean, it's all well and good to know what to do, but how do you reprogram your brain so you don't start thinking how's this going? is it any good? is it original enough? edgy enough? blah blah blah everytime you scribble on a blank page?

Well, as with everything, you try.

Older self: See? I can be wise, too. ;)

mlc

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(Anonymous)
Feb. 24th, 2003 11:52 am (UTC)
The write stuff.
Even in those niggling periods of self doubt, when you wonder what it's all about, when you wonder why you give in to the compulsion to sit down and create, remembering that you love it means you'll go a lot farther, and accomplish a lot more, personally, than someone who does it for the money, for the fame, or for the oodles and oodles of ramen noodles that seem pricier with every diminished return.

Sometimes we lose focus of the important things, but that doesn't mean we lose the important things.

Onward!

---Peter
megancrewe
Feb. 24th, 2003 12:43 pm (UTC)
Re: The write stuff.
Agreed. Although if someone wants to throw some riches and fame at me while I'm in it for the love, I wouldn't turn them away. ;)

As a side note, I have to admit I think it's normal to write for what could be called "fame", to the extent that fame means lots of people enjoying your work. Writing is communicating, and if no one's reading, well, you've only made it halfway there. (I'd rather have a million readers and a hundred bucks than a hundred readers and a million bucks.) A story always looks better after someone mentions how much it moved/struck them... as long as I loved writing it in the first place.

After all, I don't think I ever finish anything I'm not loving writing. As soon as I stop caring, bye-bye energy and enthusiasm.

mlc
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