Write on Wednesday
January 9, 2009 § 5 Comments
Becca is back with Write on Wednesday Thursday, no, it really happens on Wednesday but um, yes, I’m late.
The new year is reflected in her challenge as she asks: “What fresh new ideas do you have for your writing?”
My psyche did a backflip. Whoa.
What, indeed, have I done or considered to keep the writing fresh, a word that applies to my laundry, the sheets on our bed, the air outside here in the Midwest and the ink cartridge I just popped into the printer. But, my writing?
As I wrote a book review for SAUCE magazine last week, I got a little panicky. Was this the same thing, the same way, the same concepts I used in the last two reviews I had done? Was I already formulaic, predictable in how I addressed the book, too full of some subjectivity, some cloying personal beliefs that smeared the actual review? Did I use the same set up, the same kind of phrasing? (OMG, I feel panic setting in as I write this.)
Maybe one of the things that keeps writing fresh is a duality, no, a tri-ality:
1) respect the deadline and write far in advance of it so that it is not, at any point, written under “pressure” and thus avoid non-freshness
2) write free of deadlines (there can’t always be one, though some writers can’t write anything WITHOUT one
3) yet if there is no deadline (as with some of our fiction), perhaps, we might do well to give ourselves one.
How do the above relate to fresh? It has to do with time and space to allow liveliness in the writing. The way the piece pops, or resonates or … just sits there, refusing to be moved by a bulldozer.
First step, shake up the reading matter.
Break out of the reading safe zone and try something new.
Also, taking a look into “visual rhetoric,” something Linda (Shoreacres) pointed out; something, in fact, that has heavy impact on modern writing and reading.