Tuesday, March 6, 2012

That Moment...

That moment when you write a scene or a page or a piece of dialogue, and suddenly, unexpectedly, it's just so, so perfect and exactly what you didn't know you wanted, and you literally shed a tear because your characters did something seemingly on their own and it's like magic.

That's why I write.

This actually happened yesterday. I was having trouble getting started (which is always the hardest part for me), and when I finally mustered the motivation I only wrote 281 words, because that ended the scene I had started the day before. Only 281 words, but really...wow.

I'm not saying that I'm the best writer in the world, but I was just waiting for this thing to happen between these two characters, and suddenly in those 281 words IT HAPPENED. And I was just like OMG I did not see that coming at this point but I LOVE IT SO MUCH!

Yay for writer's highs!
(Um, except I'm not in a pant suit. Make that sweatpants.)


And that made me realize that when characters come to life and things come together, that's my favorite part of writing. I'll admit that it's rare for me, which is why I had a mini tear-filled freak-out when it happened yesterday. I actually couldn't write for awhile afterward because I was too excited about those 281 words (Heh. Me = Crazy), and when I did start writing again I was in a funk because I didn't plan my next scene and was just winging it. I'm starting to realize that there are endless highs and lows when writing a novel.

But the highs are so worth it.

8 comments:

  1. What? You cried???

    I love the highs of writing.. SO MUCH. it's what keeps us going, right?

    I've had a couple of those moments, and like you, I had to stop writing for a bit. So intense :)

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    1. Yes, I cried!! I can't believe it, either; I NEVER cry. Those moments are great though :)

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  2. Oh, those magic moments are definitely gifts. Funny how those times when the words come effortlessly make me feel like I'm really a writer - yet it's actually the working hard at all of those other times that really gets the work done.

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    1. Exactly! I love the way you worded that :) I feel the same way.

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  3. I solved a problem yesterday. It wasn't a major problem, but it was a problem nonetheless. When I finished, I stood up, punched my fist in the air, and yelled, "F***, yeah!" a couple of times. I love it when that happens.

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    1. Haha, YES! That is awesome! I love when things come together like that. Congrats on solving the problem!

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  4. Congrats on experiencing and enjoying one of the best parts of being a writer.

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    1. Thank you! Definitely one of the best parts :)

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