Sunday, April 18, 2010

Running writer

Ok first a quote:

Raymond Chandler:
"The faster I write the better my output. If I'm going slow I'm in trouble. It means I'm pushing the words instead of being pulled by them."

I like that. I've found that when I try to think too hard about writing, I can no longer write. I have to run full speed ahead, uncaring whether I hit brambles, bushes, sand traps or large un tamed bodies of water- I have to run.

It's taken me a while to realize that is my writing style. And even longer to admit it I think. It does feel a bit odd to say, well yes, I am a writer, but I have to turn off my rational brain to do so. I first had an indication of this when I did my first NaNoWriMo in 2008. As sick as it sounds, I LOVED doing huge word sprints. And I was fast. Not consistant, but fast. Then the FF &P RWA had a wonderful 60 Days to Pro- where we did MORE sprinting! Gather with some friends in chat and just RUN. Type as fast as you can without worrying about typos, grammar, syntax, anything- just run. I was very good at those too.

Apparently, my rational brain is too loud and keeps over talking my creative brain. So the only thing to do is write blind. Grab my characters, point them in a vague general direction, and say run. Run as if the raptors from Jurassic Park were after you. Out run the rational mind.

So that's my epiphany for the day...maybe even week. I'm a running writer, and I like it.


  1. oh, I like this description of your style .. quite profound .. and clever too