Monday, January 25, 2010

For the love of writing.

The Fiction Writing Workshop that I went to over the weekend was a smashing success. I walked away feeling all fired up about writing, which was why I went. So, mission accomplished. It wasn't so much that I learned great writing techniques or that one piece of advice that will make me famous. No, this was a quiet awakening within me that reminded me that I write simply because I love to write.

Fortune and glory would be nice and openly welcomed, of course. Yet, I remembered how much I enjoy the process of writing. This should not be a struggle and my first draft does not have to be perfect. I need to write it dirty. Simply sit down and get the idea out of my head and then go back and refine it. I need to think less about my audience and write for me because the perfect reader for this story is me. I need to trust myself more. Thanks to that fella that I though was going to be Hack...

I am having a love affair with words again.

17 comments:

singedwingangel said...

So glad that it inspired you to do what you love.. and extra glad your dream didn't come true lol

Existential Waitress said...

So glad the dude wasn't a dud! ;) It's great to get re-inspired by writing, and you're so right - you have to write for yourself (something I have to remind myself of often).
I love Freakshow Fridays! All these talented writers come up with some hilarious stuff! This week's pic was one of my favs.

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

That's awesome!! So, get off the blog girl and go write!

Tiffany said...

that's awesome. i find writing quick and dirty makes things more real. i go back and edit later. it works for me.

happy writing!

SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB said...

wonderful and yay for you leigh! write for you is exactly right!

Holly said...

Hey Leigh- That sounds fantastic. Hope you stay inspired...and go get writing! I always am inspired really late at night when I should be asleep. UGH!
Holly

tori said...

Thanks for sharing and the timing is perfect. I need to be reminded of all the things you said!
For a while there I was hating writing but I'm hoping to start my love affair again.

Working Mommy said...

Can't wait to read your novel!! Glad that you're excited about writing :)

~WM

Melinda Arnold said...

Awesome! What type of fiction do you write?

Erin said...

I struggle with that too---wanting everything I write to be perfect. UGH! Holds me back so much. I think I'll settle for reading a little more.

Richard @ The Bewildered Brit said...

Fantastic! That's wonderful! :)

Kristin said...

That's awesome that you walked away filled to the brim with inspiration!

J.J. said...

YAY you!!!!

I am new to your blog btw :)

I often have to go back to my high school writings of 20 years ago to remember why I love writing so much. I am struck with the insight I had then...and how much more meaning some of that stuff has today.

Have a great evening!

J.J. said...

BTW....I love that neclace you are wearing in your profile pic!!!!! Gorgeous!

Now I am off to enjoy a love affair with my book!!!!!!

Amanda {My Life Badly Written} said...

Glad you loved it! Writing for yourself it the best way to write!!

BigSis said...

And what a fabulous affair to have! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Tracie said...

That is great! Sounds like it was just what you needed.