Wednesday, October 17, 2012
What I know about writing
I'm linking up with some clever writerly friends today at thatspaceinbetween and chatting about writing. Do click on some of the links coz these girls can write (and I bet they spell "coz" properly too).
I'd love to say that I've been writing forever, but apart from always *eye roll* having to go to the principal with my story book again *another eye roll*, and my first published work to the Dear Auntie Dot children's pages on the Otago Daily Times, I've just been a sometimes writer.
But I've always had conversations about life and stuff in my head. Always. I just never thought about writing it down.
And when I started working in banking after my uni years, the parts of my jobs I loved most were the writing parts. I'd say "I'm a words person, not a numbers one", which ironically in banking isn't the most astute thing to say. I'd write massive strategy documents, I'd segment customer bases, and maybe somewhere in the archives of each of the banks I worked for, there is a faded paper with a smiley picture of a "customer" I found on clipart with a "Hi I'm Brad and I'm a lifestyle choices customer. I love to windsurf and write poems and I want accounts that make my money grow...". God I loved that stuff. Seriously, I still get a little excited by it now. It was the start of my writing career.
Arriving in a new country and meeting within months, a handful of amazing and talented women who were in the writing industry screamed serendipity to me. They nudged, they encouraged and they inspired me. And I started writing.
Writing for me is all about getting the voices out of my head and in front of others. I feel joyous when I string a sentence that comes together just so. I strive for that BOOM feeling when I write, that funny feeling in my tummy when I know it's good. And that last line, when it comes, is like a slam dunk. BAM.
I write about feelings, about heart tuggy stuff, about serious stuff, I sit at the screen and it just comes. If it doesn't come, I move away from the screen.
I feel that a little bit of me is being immortalised gently and slowly. And that it's coming out of my head in a meaningful way.
I love the movie Billy Elliot and I particularly love this line...
Tutor 1: What does it feel like when you're dancing?
Billy: Don't know. Sorta feels good. Sorta stiff and that, but once I get going... then I like, forget everything. And... sorta disappear. Sorta disappear. Like I feel a change in my whole body. And I've got this fire in my body. I'm just there. Flyin like a bird. Like electricity. Yeah, like electricity.
That's what writing feels like for me...like electricity.
What makes you feel like electricity?
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