Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Writing Wednesdays: What's Your Favorite Thing About Writing?

Last weekend I FINALLY did some actual writing. And boy did it feel good. It took a while to get back into the swing of things (I had to re-read the first three chapters I'd written a couple of months ago, plus update everything that I now realize is completely unrealistic having spent some actual time in Russia), but once I got into the swing of things, I remembered why I put myself through the torture and heartbreak of querying and contests:

Because I love to write. And if there's any way I can possibly make a living out of it, it's worth all the hard work and frustration.

As I was writing, I had one of those "AHA!" moments where a little detail I'd inserted in chapter two tied in perfectly to a scene in chapter four. It wasn't something I'd even considered, but once I got to that important scene in chapter four, and I remembered that detail in chapter two (whichI'd only added because it was something I found amusing), I couldn't help but feel like maybe my subconscious was one step ahead of me. It's moments like those that make me absolutely love writing, and think maybe, just maybe, I'm not so bad at it after all.

So, what is your favorite thing about writing? What keeps you going even when you feel like you're hitting your head against a brick wall?

And just in case you're wondering, that little insignificant detail was a shoe. A white furry boot to be exact.

4 comments:

Crystal Licata said...

I love when some random detail turns into so much more for the story. It is like your subconscious is one step ahead. My favorite thing about writing is the ability to create a world however I want it to be. There no rules. The one thing that keeps me going are the stories in my head that are constantly trying to get out!

Sarah said...

Can't wait to read the next couple of chapters! Love you.

Daisy Carter said...

I'm SO with you on the insignificant detail that somehow becomes a "thing" in your story. That might be one of my favorite things about writing, too. I love when the story begins to write itself, to find its own way and its own voice no matter how clunky I can be. It's like the story takes over, or as you said, like my subconscious was just a step ahead of me.

I also love to revise, but I can't revise a blank page - that's what I keep repeating in my head during first drafts that feel like brick walls.

Mara Rae said...

Daisy - I love that! You're totally right - you can't revise a blank page. I need to print that out and put it on my wall :)