Hello, March! With a new month comes another session of the awesome writer's support group:
This group is the brain child of the amazing Alex J. Cavanaugh and exists to offer writers a safe haven, where they can voice frustrations, worries, fears or whatever troubles them. It's also a place where writers can offer support, words of encouragement or any other shining bits of hope. But the group doesn't stop there and has SO much more to offer. It's worth a visit here if you haven't run across this before.
Thanks also goes to Alex's co-hosts this month:
Lauren Hennessy, Lisa Buie-Collard, Lidy, Christine Rains, and Mary Aalgaard
For over a year now, writing hasn't been so much a 'flow of words' for me as much as a 'forcing them through a concrete wall with a sledge hammer'. Although there are several reasons for this, I think some of it's a mental block. While writing, I keep catching myself wondering if the story is marketable. Is it something that can finally get published? Can it sell?
This last week. . .while procrastinating (another reason words don't flow). . .I happened to see a show about a composer, who was chasing her musical dreams.
Here's the nut-shell version: her songs caught immediate attention and the band she wrote for soon shot to the top of the charts. However, there was another composer who was better than her and blocked her band's chances at gaining more popularity (oh that TV drama!). Determined to write a song to 'defeat' her rival's, she sat down night after night, writing her little heart out. No matter how hard she tried, she couldn't write a song that could beat his. . .in fact, everything she wrote was even worse than the songs she had once written before. The special glimmer in her music was gone.
Why? (I'm betting you can guess!) Because she no longer wrote from the heart. She was so determined to gain popularity and fame that she forgot why she was writing music in the first place.
Of course, this doesn't do a perfect, fairy tale flip-flop into real life. As writers, we do have to keep our audience in mind, and like it or not, there are genres and themes that sell better than others. Still, we can only write our best when we enjoy writing. . .when it comes from the heart.
See, TV shows are good for us writers!