I wanted to write a simple post today about something that I did in high school and intersperse some observations about the writing life and the writing craft in it. You may have noticed I sometimes “set the scene” with a little vignette that’s meant to set up the “meat” of the post.
Well, as I was setting up my little vignette, something strange happened. It started to spin out into this non-fiction piece. I started to say profound things without trying. My mind unfolded to similies and metaphors without effort. All of a sudden, instead of introducing a blog post, I was writing a creative non-fiction piece.
I’ve sat down to write and not been able to come up with anything. I’ve started writing and had a piece go pear-shaped. I’ve even started writing and had a character (or an entire piece) take a sharp left turn. But I’ve never had a blog post go all “real writing” on me.
The thing is, I was thinking about sharing some of my writing here–not a lot, I still have trust issues, you understand–but I didn’t think it would be non-fiction or, well, on this topic. When I envisioned myself sharing a piece with you, I envisioned it being a little poetry, or a mini-scene. I was going to do some flash fiction exercises or something on here, you know, nothing fancy that may possibly get published later (I mean, don’t magazines want first publication rights? Would posting something on my blog count as publication? Help!).
I was so blindsided with an attack of the green-eyed monster and my problems building a big blog following that I almost missed the fact that I’ve had several ideas that could further stories this week. For example, the very non-fiction piece I’m speaking of brought to mind an area in the dorms where residents practiced music that would be perfect for A Blues for Zora (somewhere–I’m thinking Hershey’s place? Hmm…). I was also thinking that it’s perfectly normal for someone approaching their class reunion age to have a quarter life crisis, as per the wikipedia definition that came up on a post I was writing. I even thought how much better my chick lit is going to be than something I’m reading right now, because I am not doing something that’s standard chick but am going to do something that’s so Bildungsroman. And it will all be EPIC.
To what unexpected places has a blog post draft led you? Maybe for you, through the act of typing up a post, some miraculous insight into writing, your works in progress, or life, has hit you. Maybe you were struck with the idea of making the post a series of post. Whatever it was, feel free to share!
- I Love Outlines, But I Can’t Write Them For Peanuts (insertliteraryblognamehere.com)
- Writer Aims To Redefine “Chick-on-Chick” Lit (lezgetreal.com)
- What if You Think Your Fiction is Crap? (advancedfictionwriting.com)
- The Danger of Writing Flash Fiction (writinghood.com)
- Announcement: I’m Writing a Column For Write Anything (worddreams.wordpress.com)
- Questions I Should Have Posed Before Agreeing to This Present Madness (planejaner.wordpress.com)
- Revising That Fight, Part 2 (lilithsaintcrow.com)
- Is there a book in everyone? (tdhurst.com)