Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Listening

Writing requires a phase I think of as "listening." Waiting for scenes to pop into my head, waiting for character voices, trying to tune into the right channel. Sometimes I feel like Jodie Foster's character in the movie Contact, listening for any recognizable signal to emanate from the sky.

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  1. This is how I write music, Jenn. I play a note or a chord and then I stop and listen to what comes next. I guess it's the same with writing stories, but I never thought of it until you said it.

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    1. Interesting ... it makes sense that you would compose music this way.

      Sometimes stories come faster than I can write, and sometimes I have to wait for them.

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  2. Ahh, this is so true, Jenn. And difficult at times. When I am anxious to write, patient listening can be challenging. That's when I open my writer's notebook and scribble thoughts and ideas, character sketches, etc.

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    1. Yes, that scribbling can be part of listening.

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