I talk about this problem writers have in many different workshops and in many different ways, hoping that I am heard. Most of the time my words go right by, or the writer nods and says, “That makes sense.” Then a week later has built up a project to be important without really thinking about it, and then wonder why critical voice has stopped them cold.
I have had a couple people lately ask me why I can’t remember my own stories, or why I miss on Rule #4 and not the first three. I usually just laugh and say I am old and have a bad memory, or that I have written a lot of stuff, both of which are true. But the real reason is that the final product isn’t important to me. What is important is the fun of the process of telling a story.
I love the excitement of it, the fear of being stuck, the wondering what will come out of my fingers next. And so much more.
I love writing. I can take or leave having written. I do things with stuff I have written because I want that stuff to make me money to live nicely. And I value my property.
So tonight I got a great comment on my Dare to be Bad blog. The comment had a Jeff Tweedy quote in it. I figured it fit me perfectly. Kris and I constantly call our creative voices two year old kids. Seems we are not the only ones.
Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy on kids and creativity…
“Kids are creation machines, man. They just barrel forward. And that’s really the ideal state for anybody making something. Figure out what it is later. Just make it; keep pedaling forward. Kids don’t spend a lot of time dwelling on which drawings are on the refrigerator. They’re busy coloring the next one. I really think they pretty much have it all figured out.”
Yup, why can’t I remember my stories? Because I don’t spend a lot of time dwelling on the drawings on the refrigerator. Exactly!
And if you liked that, go to the blog site:
And read the top five things they learned from Tweedy’s book on how to write. A lot of them will sound familiar, including the 5th thing:
“Don’t be afraid to fail (or to suck).”
In other words, do your best, put it out and then write the next thing.