Bringing Your Monster (Writing) to Life
There’s a difference between writing and writing. The former is nuts and bolts stuff, words on a page (or screen) that make sense and form a story–beginning, middle, end. The latter, though, oh that’s the stuff of magic, the words seem to breathe, the characters are real, vibrant, alive, and the reader is part of the story.
So what’s the difference? How do you bring your writing to life, jolt it with lightning and infuse it with the stuff of the living? I wish there were an easy answer, but there isn’t. No five-step formula, no seven-step process, no “Do this, do that, scrap that, and voila!”
No, as far as I can see, it begins with an understanding that writing is more than words on a page, that’s the hardware, those nuts and bolts and screws and nails. Writing is art, man. It takes heart and soul and thought and emotion.
No one wants their writing to be stilted, cardboard, two-dimensional. To give your writing life, the best advice I can give is to let go of your inhibitions, don’t try so hard, stop thinking so much and start feeling, let the words flow, and if it’s bad, who cares, you can always go back and fix it (bad writing is like a bad haircut, in time, it’s fixable). Stop being such a prude with your words and characters, let them live, unhook the leash and let ’em run. You never know where they’ll go.
For more on this life-giving business, go on over to Charis Connection and read what Nick Harrison, acquisitions editor at Harvest House and author himself, has to say.