Like a River

26 Apr

Like a river let it flow. And so it should be when it comes to the writing flow. It should be a continuous stream of words, metaphors, phrases, and other wordy contraptions that lock in the reader’s imagination.

The more time you spend away from your loyal, slightly panicked characters the more your head starts to fill (and get clogged) with utter nonsense such as: Where did I put my keys? (If you don’t think about it, usually they magically appear in the last place you put them.) What should I have for dinner? (Cookies. The answer is always cookies.) If I stare directly into the sun for a minute, would I really go blind? (The answer is yes. Don’t try it. It has to do with the huge amount of light that your eye is not capable of filtering. Or something.) Was that a deer I hit, or a person? (Okay, just took a major dark turn.) But who needs these silly questions when you can be wondering about the colour of your main character’s hair, or the deep rooted childhood issues they have. Why is Susie planning on killing her hubby when all he seems to do is dote on her? Far more important than any other questions, don’t you think?

Let’s just write first, think later. Because before you know it, the water has slipped through your fingers and all your words with it. They’ll break on the hard rocks of reality and that would be such a waste, because you’re the reason they existed in the first place. If you find yourself out of the flow, grab a motorboat and head back out there. Do the time and the words will come once again, like hungry fish. Blup blup.



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