Sometimes I feel bored when I write, sometimes I feel frustrated. But this week writing filled me with joy.
On Wednesday, when I started Chapter 3 of "The Originals," I had some idea of where to start, thanks to brainstorming, but I wasn't sure where I'd end up. But then, like dominos, one sentence followed the next, and I wrote with passion and intesity, discovering things I never knew about my characters. It felt like hitting gold, or maybe hitting the carmel ribbon in my vanilla ice cream. I wrote 15 pages in one morning and it felt good.
Then on Thursday I started thinking about my Coffin story, Chapter 20, an action scene. As I walked to the library for my weekly volunteering at the bookstore, I could feel the excitement from the events. It took a while to translate that passion into good writing, but once I hit that stride I didn't want to stop.
Sometimes I get discouraged with the life I've chosen for myself, the life of a penniless artist, and that makes it important to hold onto the exhuberent times and remember them.
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On a different note, I found an interesting article on writing advice called "Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling," as told by Pixar storyboarder Emma Coats, written by Chris Robley. Now I have to admit, I don't usually like being told how to write, but the list really felt helpful to me. Here are some of the points that made me think: