Brain dump (aka Keys to the Kingdom)

Posted by Sherry Roit on Thursday, May 8, 2014 Under: Writing



I'm sitting here, mind wandering as it often does- particularly when I've decided I need to be doing something- and it got stuck on a loop of what it means to be a creative person. The frustrations we must all have in common.

Such as this issue: what is in your head is not what always comes out through your fingers. It's never quite this enough, that enough, ___ enough. Even when other people say it's great, part of you always thinks well, thanks but if only...

Of course you really shouldn't say that out loud to someone complimenting you. For many reasons. The most important being, I think, that you may convince the person who loved your work that hmm, maybe it's not that great after all, now that you mention it. Following that, you convince yourself even more that OH MY GOD I SUCK.

And so on.

Just accept the compliment with grace. If you can. You can angst about it privately. Don't be arrogant, just say thank you, glad you like it.

So then I'm thinking about themes and things, and getting them out of my head through my fingers, and then I'm thinking about how some writers (and such) blog as if they have the keys to the kingdom (or it seems that way) when speaking of themes they came up with, yada yada.

Know what I say? Most themes appear as you create, and perhaps the real 'key to the kingdom' is knowing when to run with them, and when to stop. When to embellish, and when to pull back. No, wait, I have an even simpler way to sum it up:

Let it be. Hell, themes pop up that surprise me sometimes, but the trick to being a "pro" is to run with it, and then take credit for it! 

I know, I know, that involves TRUST, and good grief that's a difficult one for we creative types especially, now isn't it? TRUSTING THE WORK. The process. Trusting ourselves.

I don't think any of the famous creative types have a special key to the kingdom, my dears. They just learned somewhere along the way to trust the process. That creating was the thing. Some found it easier than others, some appear to have no issue with it, but secretly, precious, oh yes - they angst. Some not-so-secretly. They fake the trust. Do what it takes.

What I am saying now? I'm saying don't be fooled by the have-their-shit-together types. Because maybe they don't. You're no lesser or greater. You are you, they are they, and...

Trust.

What brought a lot of this on for me today was that I was pondering the works I have already put out there. ANATOMY OF DARKNESS in particular. That was the one that I was honestly proud of without beating myself up for a change. The tone that emerged, if you will, the feeling of it, was for once exactly what I felt like I had in my head and wanted to convey. And it didn't take a ton of words. I so admire writers that punch me in the gut with an economy of words. And here is where I will also admit that I was bummed it didn't take off as I'd hoped. Yes, I did this one on my own. No one to sell it to the stores for me. Yes, those who have read it seem to like it a lot. Even my mother, who has read so much in her life, and read all of mine too, said it was her favorite. I had aspirations for that little book...

Ah, well.

Isn't stopping me from writing a follow-up. One I hope goes from brain to fingers in the same way...

That, my friends, would seem to be the conclusion of today's 'thoughts I needed to write down.' Except to say:

JUST SLIDE.

And...fake it till you make it.






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Brain dump (aka Keys to the Kingdom)

Posted by Sherry Roit on Thursday, May 8, 2014 Under: Writing



I'm sitting here, mind wandering as it often does- particularly when I've decided I need to be doing something- and it got stuck on a loop of what it means to be a creative person. The frustrations we must all have in common.

Such as this issue: what is in your head is not what always comes out through your fingers. It's never quite this enough, that enough, ___ enough. Even when other people say it's great, part of you always thinks well, thanks but if only...

Of course you really shouldn't say that out loud to someone complimenting you. For many reasons. The most important being, I think, that you may convince the person who loved your work that hmm, maybe it's not that great after all, now that you mention it. Following that, you convince yourself even more that OH MY GOD I SUCK.

And so on.

Just accept the compliment with grace. If you can. You can angst about it privately. Don't be arrogant, just say thank you, glad you like it.

So then I'm thinking about themes and things, and getting them out of my head through my fingers, and then I'm thinking about how some writers (and such) blog as if they have the keys to the kingdom (or it seems that way) when speaking of themes they came up with, yada yada.

Know what I say? Most themes appear as you create, and perhaps the real 'key to the kingdom' is knowing when to run with them, and when to stop. When to embellish, and when to pull back. No, wait, I have an even simpler way to sum it up:

Let it be. Hell, themes pop up that surprise me sometimes, but the trick to being a "pro" is to run with it, and then take credit for it! 

I know, I know, that involves TRUST, and good grief that's a difficult one for we creative types especially, now isn't it? TRUSTING THE WORK. The process. Trusting ourselves.

I don't think any of the famous creative types have a special key to the kingdom, my dears. They just learned somewhere along the way to trust the process. That creating was the thing. Some found it easier than others, some appear to have no issue with it, but secretly, precious, oh yes - they angst. Some not-so-secretly. They fake the trust. Do what it takes.

What I am saying now? I'm saying don't be fooled by the have-their-shit-together types. Because maybe they don't. You're no lesser or greater. You are you, they are they, and...

Trust.

What brought a lot of this on for me today was that I was pondering the works I have already put out there. ANATOMY OF DARKNESS in particular. That was the one that I was honestly proud of without beating myself up for a change. The tone that emerged, if you will, the feeling of it, was for once exactly what I felt like I had in my head and wanted to convey. And it didn't take a ton of words. I so admire writers that punch me in the gut with an economy of words. And here is where I will also admit that I was bummed it didn't take off as I'd hoped. Yes, I did this one on my own. No one to sell it to the stores for me. Yes, those who have read it seem to like it a lot. Even my mother, who has read so much in her life, and read all of mine too, said it was her favorite. I had aspirations for that little book...

Ah, well.

Isn't stopping me from writing a follow-up. One I hope goes from brain to fingers in the same way...

That, my friends, would seem to be the conclusion of today's 'thoughts I needed to write down.' Except to say:

JUST SLIDE.

And...fake it till you make it.






In : Writing 


Tags: thoughts 
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