Monday, March 13, 2006

About writing

These two quotes about writing tickled me to bits:

"It's an adrenaline surge rushing through your body. You have this spark of an idea that keeps threatening to burst into flames and you have to get the words out on paper to match this emotion or picture in your head. After this comes the work of cleaning up the mess that you made." Janet West

"When we read, we start at the beginning and continue until we reach the end. When we write, we start in the middle and fight our way out." Vickie Karp

I read those words and thought: thank goodness it's not just me! I don't write in a linear way. I do get to a point where I complete a story by working my way through it, but in the early to mid-stages I'm working right across a story and getting key scenes in that will help me characterise strongly throughout. I've already plotted it thoroughly, so I can afford that luxury, and I believe it helps me define my characters. If I capture their reactions to an intense scenario that is vivid in my mind, then I have a stronger idea how they'll perform throughout. The quotes made me smile. Find more HERE.

4 comments:

wendywoo said...

Great quotes! I can identify with the first one quite a bit, but not so much the second, because I think I *do* write in a linear way. I like to go from A to B to C and if I try to write B or C first, I get confused.

If I discover something new along the way though, about my characters, or a new twist to the plot, I do often to back and weave that new knowledge into the story.

Sasha White said...

I can certaily identify with the second one. FIght my way out, indeed.

Good thing I love a good fight. *wink*

Jordan Summers said...

Great quotes! Let the battle begin. *g*

ZaZa said...

I do it totally a** end to. I write the scenes as they come to me, then try to figure out how to weave them into an ongoing story. More exciting that way. :G: