Monday, 22 April 2013

Write what you know ...


I struggle often with balance. Okay there I said it out loud, I admit it. Not that kind of stand on your tip toes, close your eyes and don’t fall over balance, but worse the kind where life gets in the way of what you know you should be doing. I should be writing. You know that feeling when tomorrow is going to be so great that you are too excited to sleep? Sometimes, some nights, that is how my own writing-imagination can keep me awake. My writer-self is too excited to sleep. The words that want out will not let me rest because that day has brought me so many great ideas to write about.
It is that passion that becomes a drive so forceful that it can get in the way of actually sitting down and writing. Harnessing that almost superpower to create and balancing the desire-to-write and the reality of finding a creative time and place can be as hard as learning to physically juggle. It takes practice. A juggler will tell you to just pick up any object and start – juggle your morning orange and apples, juggle your pencils, juggle the dog biscuits and your hair brushes, just do it.
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The same has come to be true for me and words. I juggle a paid assignment, a magazine feature, blogging, copyright work, non-fiction book projects, fiction novels to short stories, poetry and the business writing side of researching and marketing all those avenues of revenue streams and creative outlets of a writing life. The subject matter in my writing projects and assignments covers a huge spectrum and I am often asked how do you decide what to write about? I usually jokingly quip that

stories find me but in actuality there is a lot of truth to that.
I truly believe that nurturing your will to write will be fed by what life brings you to write about. Jung aptly described it, as “That which is most personal is most common”.  Write what you know, write what is in your life and you will feed your passion for words with your life experiences. When I find I am struggling with writing it is often because I am not personally balancing who I am with what I do.
One of the best reads on writing I continue to enjoy over and over, is Stephen King’s bestseller, On Writing. King sets out to describe the ups and downs of the writing life by simply telling us not how he writes but rather how he lives and in those simplistic insights in some round-about way he offers endless valuable lessons on how to write. King unknowingly backs up my belief that there is some positive harmony in life and writing. A hundred pages into the book he speaks of his office space, his own desk, about the job and what he came to know:

“It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room.  Life isn’t a support system for art.  It’s the other way around.”   Stephen King

Monday, 15 April 2013

Just write ... and write and write and write and write and ...

When one writes for a living, and one writes for love, and one writes like others breathe, there comes a time when you must shut out all that is not writing and take stock. I truly can say then when I am not able to write, or at least be in a mental state of writing, that I feel as if I am suffocating as I gulp, gasp, and choke my very soul to steal away some writing time in my day. There is never enough of both time and words.  I have thought a lot lately of all that gets in the way of my now too many writing projects piling up around me, a distraction all in themselves from the actually writing.  I see where the time has now come to hone it all into one focus, one goal, one single task. I simply need to write. I want to write it all, poetry, fiction, script, novel, short story, non-fiction, magazine freelance, book projects, corporate content development writing and oh so much more. The reality is I simply am a word junkie with obsessive compulsive a-holic-like tendencies and a desire to play with words on all levels. Not unlike a math scholar driven by formulas, or a musician that can’t leave the notes, or an archaeologist on an endless dig. The quest for words and the drive for the right words is a passion and a life’s’ work that now, for me, must be addressed.
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Time has become my guide and is constantly butting in to remind my muse to hurry it along. I have to remind time that we are in a dance or sorts and that I am in the lead. But I also have to constantly remind myself of that and not get swept away on other tasks that interrupt my words. I know for me in order to write well I must write often, every day and sometimes all day and night. I must constantly move the words along, zero in on my many word projects and bring them to completion and beyond. Words can bury a writer but good words can free a writer. I deeply desire lately to write freely.
I will check back here often, daily perhaps, weekly other times, but enough to report back that my words are on task and to share the journey of writing. I welcome hearing from others who, like me, struggle with life getting in the way of the words.
Writing always,
Michelle

Thursday, 11 April 2013

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Michelle
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