Sunday, May 1, 2016

Playtime

Along with the serious work of writing--the construction of plot, the research, the emotional delving, the observation, the rereading and cutting and rewriting, the double-checking--it's important to keep sight of the fun in it. "Fun" may be a relative term when our subject matter is deeply tragic, or purely informational (like an instruction manual), or when we're racing a deadline.

But writing is creative work, and some of our best writing may come from playing. From word games, fun exercises, creative risks. From asking "What if?" or procrastinating on another project by starting something new. From pursuing the project we want rather than the one we ought be be tackling. Experimenting, trying a new genre or style or medium, mixing it up. Remembering the love of words and stories and characters that brought us to this crazy avocation in the first place.

7 comments:

  1. That's great advice! Sometimes we get so caught up in getting the story right, we forget that this can be FUN!

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  2. For me, sometimes the "fun" comes from the ability to escape and "choose my own adventure" in the way I choose to write the story.

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    1. The world as it ought to be ... in our own minds!

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  3. P.S Thanks for commenting on my blog today. I don't have a LiveJournal account as I try to avoid overdoing it with social media, but after reading your comment, I'm very tempted to start one.

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  4. This is true, Jennifer. Storytelling is why I started to put fingers to keyboard in the first place. And then there are those projects that need to be addressed...like my memoir. Thanks for this reminder to find the fun in writing and experiment with it.

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    1. This gig is tough enough--it might as well be fun!

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