Here is a magic wand, but where is the magic?

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Submitted by nilkanto on Sun, 07/07/2013 - 6:55am

I don’t believe in writer’s block. I don’t know what that is. There are just certain little areas that I know I’m going to get through. It’s just a matter of finding a way.

How to find a way?
Answer- No certain mind map.

Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.
And that’s the goal: writing that’s ALIVE.

Now here is a magic wand, but where is the magic?

Opening your imagination to the ridiculous, opens your mind to what you’re not otherwise seeing. In other words, it makes room for the genius to come through.
That’s the hard part – writing is all about the preservation of your own voice. So if you give that voice away by guessing what you think and you think and you think as you go, you’ll have less to say and then it’ll go away completely!

When in doubt have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand. Or, close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.

So, think of the most obvious thing, then don’t do it: It is easy to fall in love with an idea because you thought of it, but often you thought of it because it was obvious. This is not a rule, only a wise practice. Sometimes you will find that the obvious choice was the best choice, so in that case do the obvious thing, but not in an obvious way. It becomes new and creative.

On the other hand, When talented people write badly, it’s generally for one of two reasons: Either they’re blinded by an idea they feel compelled to prove of they’re driven by an emotion they must express. When talented people write well, it is generally for this reason: They’re moved by a desire to touch the audience.

We’ve all been burned by bad feedback. Rude, insensitive, bossy, arrogant, wrong-headed, cruel even. Writers awaiting feedback are in a very vulnerable position. Yes, yes, we have to have thick skin but writers are sensitive, let’s face it. This is not a new toilet we have installed; our stories are our hearts.

What was it Nietzsche said? That which does not kill us makes us… well, depressed.

Then again, we believe all good writing is swimming under water and holding our breath. So, good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright.

Now. What are you doing still reading this? You’ve got writing to do!

[Thankful to: All the screenplay writers of the world]


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