Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fear of writing?


I recently saw this link on FB and clicked through. Writing? Terrifying? I didn't get it. But some good writing advice is included here. http://www.filmindependent.org/blogs/how-to-take-the-terror-out-of-writing-and-other-change-your-life-insights-from-hunger-games-screenwriter-billy-ray/#.U5M9_Sj09RL


This graphic also caught my eye. Joss Whedon, exploring what he's afraid of through writing? That much, I can understand. Through exploration, we learn, and the more we learn, the less mysterious or strange the object of our exploration will become.
But the topic of being afraid to write also came up, almost immediately, at the workshop I recently attended. It provided yet another reason I felt a fraud in the company of the amazing caliber of talent in that room.


I almost feel I should whisper as I admit this: I have never been afraid to write.
I love to write! Revisions, less so. If I get into the flow of writing, into The Zone, it is the most wonderful place to be. It’s heaven. I wish I could stay there, channeling stories and typing or handwriting as fast as I can get down the words. I tend to take a practical approach to stories, and when I began anything new, I know there’s a lot of hard work ahead.


But the idea stopped me in my tracks and made me wonder, should I be afraid? Should I worry that I’m not afraid? Does this mean my writing sucks?


I’d love to hear from you about this subject! Are you afraid when you write? And if so, about what? The process? The end result? The reaction of readers? Please tell me what I’m missing out on.

10 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've never been afraid to write. Although Whedon's quote makes me think I should look at it in a whole different manner.
Definitely not afraid of revisions. That's where the story comes alive for me.

Cate Masters said...

Yes, that's so true, Alex! The problem with revisions is that I rarely get into The Zone, and it's more like work. But it does reveal the true story.

Juliette Cross said...

I'm in agreement. It's never fear. Occasionally, when my muse won't come to me, I have doubts, but never fear. And I completely agree with you, Cate. I dread edits, because I know how much work is coming. Still, that is where the true story shines.

Cate Masters said...

Whew, I'm glad to hear I'm not alone. I was beginning to think I should approach my computer with a fearful attitude, lol.

Arlene said...

I took the quote to mean that you write about what you fear, not that you're afraid to write. Write about clowns, sociopaths, monsters and so on to include government control and reapers (Serenity)

Cate Masters said...

Yep. Mostly I referred to the Film Independent article about taking the terror out of writing, and the topic coming up at the workshop. The Whedon quote, I got. :)

Arlene said...

Ahh, that makes sense now. I read your post too fast. :)

Cate Masters said...

lol, I figured! :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I've never been afraid to write. Afraid to submit to editors? Yes on that one. Interesting questions and post, Cate.

Cate Masters said...

Interesting, Susan. Now I'm really wondering about those articles!