This month, November, is national novel writing month- NaNoWriMo. A month to let your creativity flow without bound and just write. No editing. No doubting. All you have to do is write. The goal is 50,000 words. I can’t imagine to have that much to work with at the end. That means the hardest part of the writing process is over. Of course you aren’t going to have an amazing novel worthy of publishing as soon as your done, but that comes in the editing, reworking, and reshaping of your story.
This concept of pushing yourself to 50,000 words accomplishes its goal very nicely. When I first thought of setting a word count as my goal, I thought it maybe pointless. That would be just a heaping pile of hooey- just words. But if you think about it, that goal makes you push past the doubts you run into when originally writing. No more second guessing characters, plot twists, or what seem like wasted conflicts.
That big pile of hooey gets narrowed into small treasures that may have never appeared.
Big pile of hooey may sound like something you wouldn’t want to dig through.
Maybe we should think of another metaphor.
However, cheers to a month of constant writing. Cheers to goals. And cheers to creativity!
That moment when an idea that you think could be the beginning of a bestselling novel surfaces in your head. That moment when you drop everything you are doing just to jot down some notes to help you remember that grand idea.
Those are the moments that make the creative process fun to me. At that moment you are so excited that you just came up with something that you don’t see anything wrong with it. It’s just perfect.
Now I know that most ideas do not pan out. Most grow into something you dislike or that just do not have enough substance to become anything.
But, when an idea filters through to something worth writing, you get a real eureka. The moment you see the look on a peer’s face when you bounce the idea off of their mind. The look of intrigue that they get when you can tell they like the thought. And then when they immediately start spitting out ideas that split off of your base. That construction of your ideas that just spiderwebs like a broken window pane is, hands down, my favorite part of the story construction process.
I just recently had a “eureka moment”. It was (and is) a great idea. I am constantly adding and changing different pieces to the total ideas. Every time I seem to need a small connection or kickstart when i hit the ol’ writer’s block, I bounce an idea off a friend or two, lead them into the dead end I’ve reached, and I let their imagination spark mine. Because of this help and my excitement on the concept, this idea has really taken off. Every night I sit down and write a little more on it. That is something I have never been able to do. Normally, I write a few chapters over a few months and then it fades to nothing. With this idea I have already finished up a few chapters and still building strong. I sure hope this excitement lasts.
I cannot wait for this idea to flourish and writing group to manifest.
So cheers to the future! And cheers to Eureka Moments!
This has to be one of the greatest blogs I’ve read in awhile. Something that should be shared. A well put post. Thanks for the inspiration, Mr. Mihai.
Today, when talking to a good friend from work, I realized something great about other creative minds. That something is the bouncing of ideas, the brainstorming, and the power of two minds. I knew talking through ideas with others was a great idea (and something I did often with my high school english teacher) but I never realized just how great that really was. My new story idea that I bounced off of my friend, Thomas, today evolved in so many crazy ways. I was so excited that I was actually taking notes during my shift at work (my manager would not be happy). It was very interesting to see what ideas he liked. Many ideas I had thought about scrapping, he talked me into keeping. Many ideas I thought were my best, he explained holes and weaknesses.
Apart from the information and ideas though, it was very nice to meet another mind so into creative writing. The only person I had been able to talk to like that was my english teacher in high school.
And this, I feel, would be the benefits of a writing group. If OU had a club I would surely be a part of it. However, no matter how great this place, we do not have a creative writing club. So, to resolve that problem, we are going to start one. I would love to be in a room with a bunch of creative minds just bouncing ideas and such. I am often in a room full of technical people (majoring in electrical engineering) and the people of the arts are definitely refreshing.
Now we just need a name for this group. It should be creative. Maybe something like Bards and Scribes? Any ideas?
So, to try my hand at this blogging. I’ll let you know a little about myself. My name is Devin. I’m a college student at the University of Oklahoma. I go to school for electrical engineering, but have a passion of writing. And that is more of what this blog is about. My writing consists of many things. Poetry and novels being the main two of interest.
This blog’s purpose, however stupid as it may sound to me now, is simply to find a bigger audience. I feel as though I can write and i aspire to be bigger. So, in an attempt to connect to fellow writers or just story lovers I created this blog.
As far as the substance of the blog? Now that’s a good question. I’m all about symbols in life, metaphors in speech, and stories of hope and happiness. My journey, the processes, the failures, the struggles, and all the like will be involved along with the emotion I was born with. Telling you my take on the inspirations I have looked to during my life. This is my first one and this is my experiment.
This is my introduction. So thanks for reading and to those who will read. I hope you enjoy and it’s nice to meet you!