“Are you listening?” It’s a simple question that requires a single word answer, yes or no.
As writers, as creative beings, as people, listening is paramount in our quest for honesty and authenticity. (If you have been following along with this blog, you will know that “Authenticity” is an element that often shows up in posts like this one.)
What ends up happening when being heard is not an option, is walls begin to show up and communication is utterly broken down and destroyed.”
If you want to see the results of failed listening, then just take a peek at how your parents raised you or how you are raising your children. How often do you feel like they listened when you spoke, really listened?
Now, before you jump the gun and think that I am condemning anyone, I AM NOT! I am just making a point. Parent’s (many authority figures) are notorious for not taking the time to listen to those who are under their authority. They, in their attempt to show their power, shut down the voice that is seeking to express a necessary emotion or thought.
They, in their attempt to show their power, or in their own innocent over-occupation, shut down the voice that is seeking to express a necessary emotion or thought.
What ends up happening when being heard is not an option, is walls begin to show up and communication is utterly broken down and destroyed.
In writing, when we are creating our characters, when we are building the worlds they live in, it is extremely important that we listen to what our characters are saying. It is imperative that we listen to the flow of our creativity.
Should we choose to ignore the ‘voice’ that is speaking to us, asking to be heard, sooner rather than later, that voice will cease to speak and our work will come to a screeching halt, with thousands of typed words being led to the slaughter.
Sure, you’ve made an outline and it is great! but you have to be flexible. Many times your story will lead you in a direction you hadn’t planned to go but it is usually for the better. Trust that voice.
Every one of us, when we begin to write a story, have an idea of where we want that story to go, BUT the characters know better than we do. We have got to trust them enough to let them guide our process.
I am not saying with your living children that you should let them guide you because, let’s be honest, kids can be whacky. But we should at least know they are heard no matter what direction we lead and or drag them in :P.
With NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)
burning on the horizons, I hope this blog entry helps you in your prepping endeavors.
Listen to your characters, listen to your flow, and you will be one step closer to making that 50,000 word goal in 30 days or even less!
*This was originally posted in October 2014.
~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!