I returned to my much neglected project and spent a few hours writing today. I kept Lynda Barry’s What It Is/Writing the Unthinkable nearby in case I needed a nudge, but it was easier to get back into the flow of it than I’d expected. I forgot how GOOD it feels to make stories!
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I need a ritual and a place for my writing. It used to be easier to slip into—it was daydreaming followed by a pen—but it’s harder now that I try to write complete stories and not simply run-on sentences.
There is a project I’ve been kicking around for far too long that I love and think would be pretty great if I just would finish it! My jarring motivation to get a move on it is morbid and real: an old friend committed suicide—someone with a lot of wisdom and kindness, someone I’m a better person for having known. I hate it. I hate that she’s gone, and I hate how easy it is for people to slip away and become isolated even when they are loved and respected.
After pacing around my house all night digesting this, it’s become important that I finish my story and spend more time outside. These are the sort of conclusions you make in such situations, I guess—whatever is personally life-affirming.
I’ve made an effort to jot down ideas (words or images) in a little sketchbook that fits in my bag, so that anything that comes across my mind that seems worth recalling gets a home. There’s something important to taking one’s own imagination and insights seriously enough to record them.
The other thing is this series of YouTube videos on a Lynda Barry writing-talk, posted by one of my best friends who lives on the opposite end of the country right now. I own her book, What It Is, about drawing on “images” for writing for one’s own good, and these videos both made me feel totally enamored with her and sort of served as a surrogate for my absent friend:
Writing to Remember-
part one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb-x8IsdopA
part two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtnZ0Amrs2w&feature=related
part three: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5G3e-Z3aeA&feature=related
part four: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNrLTZiN6lQ&feature=related
part five: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr2kt7HgAEk&feature=related
It’s nearly an hour of her discussion, but she’s so hilarious and encouraging that I wised for more. I played them over and over (while working on math homework!), played them for S, looked for more material, etc.
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