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September 22nd, 2003
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I am not a writer
I enjoyed Writing Down the Bones. However, one point sticks out at me. For a lot of the exercises, she talks about writing about something that happened in the past, putting in lots of details and such. I have problems even coming up with general outlines for many events in the past (if I even remember that they happened at all). There's no way I could bring up little details.

I'm not sure if this is a defect in my brain, or perhaps a coping mechanism. As has been noted, when I get upset, it usually fades pretty quickly. Holding onto something for several hours, and noting that that is an unusually long time for me to hold onto something, really drives home the point. I guess it makes me generally happier or something, but it really doesn't help me deal with people who don't work that way. And it really sucks not being able to remember things that happened several years ago, or even several months ago.

So, I don't think I really have a writer's brain. That's not going to stop me from trying to write, but it . . . just . . . eh, I don't really know. I wrote this morning. I like the feeling I get from sitting down and making myself write for 10 minutes, just keep the pen moving, no matter what, don't go back and look at previous stuff. I think I'll try to keep that up. maybe it will do me some good at some point. Maybe it will help train my brain to be better.

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From:hrafn
Date:September 22nd, 2003 08:14 pm (UTC)
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Hmm. Maybe her methods just aren't good ones for you. You are certainly capable of writing good, interesting stories.
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From:queue
Date:September 23rd, 2003 05:24 am (UTC)
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Thanks.
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From:hrafn
Date:September 23rd, 2003 08:48 am (UTC)
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Had another thought - maybe exercises writing in detail about something happening at the time of writing, or about some object, scene, etc., would do? It might also help train your brain to pay attention to details and then remember them (if you want to, that is).
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From:queue
Date:September 23rd, 2003 08:57 am (UTC)
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Mebbe.

Right now, I consider it an accomplishment just to be doing the 10 minute of timed writing every morning. I was thinking I should do some other kinds of writing. Maybe I should add in a bit of detail-writing practice sometime later in the day. Maybe sitting in the park after work for a few minutes.
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