Joining the dots – finding inspiration and connections
When does a piece of writing go from being a piece of writing, to being a piece of writing?
Don’t be. I often say that first drafts are rubbish, in fact every writer will tell you the same. That first draft is messy, untidy, doesn’t flow and often doesn’t make sense and that is just perfect.
But you may wail, how do I make it just so?
Reflection. Silence. Nothingness.
The desire to fiddle and meddle is strong when you want a perfect piece of writing, but the magic comes when you let your creative juices drink in something else and in those other moments, the spaces between the dots, connections are made.
Did I tell you that I am writing a novel? Well, when I say I am writing it, I am thinking it through, scribbling on index cards, and allowing my impish muse (not the naked Burt) to throw little light bulbs at me.
It’s a new genre, I am your self help, how to, memoir kinda gal and now I am challenging myself to a bit of creative meandering.
I have discovered that I need to know a lot about my characters, where they live, eat, do, wear, what systems, processes, culture they have in place, how they communicate etc.
I have a part of me that needs to logically know about the practicalities of their everything. And I run this around my head asking feasibility questions and then my creative side shouts ‘hey hold on, you are making this up, you can do anything you want‘ and of course I can.
In this odd process of imagining a new world the really good stuff comes after I have exhausted my brain with the wondering how, what and why. It comes in letting go and allowing the dots to float together as and when they will.
How is my novel coming along?
Well, I am writing on little index cards, shuffling them around and joining the dots.