When time won’t allow for writing, when real life gets in the way, like now, though real life is writing, then an uncomfortable tension invades my mind.
I want to write, the unfinished stories are queued up waiting to be told. But I also have to be comfortable physically to concentrate on the characters, the plot (though I don’t really) and the words.
April was a busy time for writing. May not so much with external influences preventing the fingers from skimming along the keyboard.
I’ve been reading. Through books I see how my own writing can be improved. The author I’m currently reading is so visual I can see it all. Then there was the book I did finish and cursed from two thirds in to the end. It’s like she needed more plot and invented conflicts that didn’t feel true. A book can have too much plot if the characters’ actions don’t flow naturally.
A while ago I wrote this blog about a reporter named Andrew Forbes. Yet I have no idea where the name came from. Writing is funny that way – the mind has a unconscious connection with the fingers typing but consciously I haven’t a clue til I read what’s on the monitor.
As one of the writers pointed out – writers inspire other writers. While writing is a solitary pursuit but when in communication with other writers one is never alone. Sharing ideas and receiving constructive criticism it becomes a group activity.
The photo above is me and my friend Teresa who lives in the country not so close to Pittsburgh (with an “H”). We were able to meet and it’s great to have a face and voice to go with the words. We really didn’t talk about writing just exchanged a few ideas and got to know each other better. I know I can count on her to help me as she can count on me.
So one of the bonuses of participating in a writing group with people from around the world is occasionally, when proximity and time allows – getting to meet in person.
Part of participating in the writing community though right now time won’t let me, is reading friends’ blogs and keeping up with their writing. So between my own writing and keeping up with friends’ writing it’s time consuming. But pays huge dividends.
I’m taking it slowly telling my characters to calm down their turn will come and I will get to their story. But it might take a while as May will be a busy month and some things cannot be rushed.
What more can I say?
***written for Blogophilia Week 13.7 Topic: Time Won’t Let Me
(Hard, 2 points) Incorporate a line from the song “Pompeii” by Bastille
(Easy, 1 point) Include a newscaster or reporter