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And now… onto my writerly insecurities————
I can remember a time when all I did was write.
There was nothing else to worry about.
Sit down, pen in hand, read the prompt… and away you go!
At that stage, I was oblivious to Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Google+ and the myriad of other social networking platforms… talk about ignorance being bliss! I've since discovered that, in this digital era, you are encouraged to develop a writerly presence via social networking. But I'm not opening that can of worms…
I would wait… excitedly… for the next flash fiction prompt. Without fail, I sat down and wrote my weekly flash fiction piece. And discovered the beauty and magic in free writing exercises. Just 15 minutes a day. Just read the prompt and let it take you away! I didn't worry too much about anything, except the free flow writing and following the direction in which the prompt would take me. I look at some of that early stuff and wonder, did I really write that?
That phase produced some of my best flash fiction pieces.
I long for that time. To write with that sense of freedom… uninhibited….
Now I'm too caught up in the technicalities of writing. Too many rules and regulations.
Far too aware of my writing… if that makes any sense…? And this awareness has a way of blocking creativity…
Too many things buzzing in my head! Do that, don't do that. Write what you know. Know your point of view. Avoid long descriptive paragraphs. Show don't tell. Multiple POV but quit head-hopping. Adverbs are a no-no! Blah, blah, blah… it goes on and on. And it doesn't help that I'm a slow writer plus the kind of person who has a natural tendency to edit as I write… that's a double whammy!!
I long to recapture the spirit of that time… that uncluttered mental writing space…
But we have to move along… there's no going back…
Every day we learn something new… we grow as writers… and that comes at a price…
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could capture the magic of that simple abandon and blend it with the knowledge and experience acquired after some time has passed?
So what are your insecurities for this month? Please share with us…
And don't forget to check out the new IWSG site!