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Saturday, 13 June 2015

Where I write

Where I write is not where I type. I am often constructing a story or blog post in my head, and then the next morning I type it up.
This post, Better Jobs was written in the carpark of the hospital, and then on the drive home.
This very sad (but one of my favourites) story was written on the walk to preschool, when I saw a photo stuck to a telegraph pole.
The tale of the crab was written as I walked down the street.

More often than not, I lie in bed writing in my head - dictating what I will type the next morning, should I remember.

I constantly have characters coming into my ear, pleading for me to share their tale of woe, like a lesser Pirandello. They keep coming back if I ignore them, or decide it's too hard or beyond my ability. They also come back if they aren't happy with my effort. I don't need editors to tell it's no good. The character starts nagging me because I 'got it wrong'.

I have ideas I want to expand on or share, but usually only a fraction are still there when I sit down to type. Sometimes I start composing posts because I don't know what my opinion is on a subject, and if I put it into words, it clarifies what I think.

It makes me sad that there is never enough time to put it all down in words.

"The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe." Gustave Flaubert
Linking with #IMustConfess

11 comments:

  1. I love Flaubert's quote. I write in my head when I drive home from work in the afternoon.

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  2. I'm much the same. Write on the go but type and edit posts much later on the laptop, generally from a cosy corner of my house.

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  3. I'm the same ... I write in my head everywhere. When I lived on the Gold Coast I did a lot of fiction writing because I went walking on the beach nearly every day. That nearly always got my imagination going. I miss that.

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  4. I am similar... My heads writes all the time.. Sometimes I must stop it as I am at work but nothing can stop a good yarn

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  5. This is so true Lydia - I'm always thinking of what I could be writing. And inspiration always comes at the most inconvenient moments, like when I'm driving or doing things with the kids!

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  6. I agree! My problem is I often write fantastic blog posts in bed at night in my head or as I'm driving, or wandering around the shops, but when it comes to putting them down on paper (so to speak) I have forgotten half of the awesomeness! Haha

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  7. It's great that you're over-flowing with ideas. I kind of have the opposite problem. I don't have enough ideas so consequently don't write often enough. Sigh.

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  8. It's great that you're over-flowing with ideas. I kind of have the opposite problem. I don't have enough ideas so consequently don't write often enough. Sigh.

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  9. I'm relieved that I don't have characters nagging me to write their story - I just keep thinking of all the things I have to do, that's enough stress for me!

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  10. I'm glad I'm not the only one who lies in bed 'writing' in my mind, though I usually forget by the next day. And they are always awesome, of course :)

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  11. I write in my mind too but the downside is that I forget a lot of it when I get busy adn the mind gets filled with a lot of other stuff. Really need to write things down to remember them better. Shower or driving are the two most common places I 'write' in my mind

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