In Others’ Words: I Must Write
It’s been a week of story.
Depending on the hour of the day, I’ve either been mulling over a story idea or talking about a story idea with my writing friend and mentor, Rachel Hauck, or writing out a story idea, a.k.a a synopsis … and repeat, repeat, repeat.
The sentence in the quote, “I must write it all out, at any cost” — I get it. Tuesday night I was mentally exhausted by all the mulling, talking, and writing it all out — and I knew I wasn’t done. More of the same waited for me the next morning.
As Anne Morrow Lindbergh also said, “Writing is thinking.” Writers think as they plot a story — before they ever write the once-upon-a-time beginning. They delve deep into the why of their stories, which often carry echoes of the whys in their own lives. And then they think, think, think as they write scenes that become chapters that build a manuscript, which, when it’s edited and rewritten (and rewritten), becomes a “real” book.
Yes, novels are, by definition, fictitious. Make believe. But for most of the writers I know, the stories they write are steeped in real life struggles. Real life challenges … and triumphs. Real life heartache that maybe didn’t have a happily ever after. The characters are imaginary, but the authors are so, so conscious of what has been lived as they write Chapter One … all the way to The End.
In Your Words: When has the truth “I must write it all out” gripped you? Do you journal? Write novels or nonfiction? How does writing help you be conscious of living?1 blogger likes this post!