Monday, February 23, 2015

The Small Moments


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So as I was writing away the other day, this sentence clacked out of my fingertips: But all thoughts of the old me disappear as more lights appear in the gloom below.

And I reread it and thought: 'Disappear' and 'appear' in the same sentence, bad writer-self.

I sat there and thought of words to replace disappear (my brain wasn't being very cooperative). I finally came up w/flee. So the sentence was now: But all thoughts of the old me flee as more lights appear in the gloom below.

I then laughed over rhyming. 'Old me flee'. Yikes.

A bit more of the gears churning in the old brainbox, and I ended up with: But all thoughts of the old me evaporate as more lights appear in the gloom below.

And now, I will tie this up with a revelation that will rock your writer socks off...

*crickets chirping*

Naw, kidding! I just find quiet moments in writing like this so enjoyable. Me and the words, as I tinker w/them, trying to find the best combination. It's super pleasing and makes me feel like a 'real' writer. And while I love those highs when the writing is coming fast and easy and I'm writing a scene I'm in love with, sometimes these small moments are just as good. Or even better.

~Leandra

12 comments:

  1. Great post, Leandra! Sometimes we get so caught up in deadlines/word counts/and life in general that we forget to enjoy the small moments. Thanks for reminding us!

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  2. That is the joy of writing, saying something just the way you want. And... if you put a bunch of writers in the same room with the same sentence I bet none of them would say it in quite the same way.

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    1. That's definitely one of the cool things about writing, how we all have our own individual approach. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. My favorite part of writing is the rewriting. It's picking the right word to convey meaning. Establishing the flow of the language. I love all that stuff. I hate the drafting.

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    1. Yes, me too on this! I always think if I can just get the dang thing on the page, I can then start making it suck a lot less.

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  4. YES...was just thinking this the other day. Taking one sentence and watching it grow and become something beautiful is my favorite thing about writing. It reminds me of a musician tinkering until a lyric or melody is conveying exactly the emotion they hope to get across. :)

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    1. Oh, yes, especially when it turns out to be a beautiful sentence. Love those! The one above is just one of those 'getting things done' and 'going from here to there' in the story. =)

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  5. I love the feeling I get when the right words come to mind. It's so important to appreciate the little things since many aspects of writing can be quite frustrating. Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. I've been having more clusters of little moments here lately, so I thought it'd be a good topic. =)

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  6. I know that feeling of finding the right word. I think I use a thesaurus way too often!

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