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Writing (Part 2)

Wherever this writing thing takes me, I just want to make a couple of notes here for future reference. At this point I’m halfway through my fourth short story.

First of all – I’m actually having fun doing this. I don’t really know what’s happening here, e.g. “Why am I doing this?” and “What do I expect to happen with this?” I’m just getting ideas for stories that seem provocative and interesting to me and then seeing if I can put them in a cohesive and hopefully compelling narrative.

Then I just sit down and do it. I’m not really consciously constructing anything, instead I’m thinking about the story and letting it tell me where it wants to go. Sometimes I know where I’m going to end up but I have no idea how I’m going to get there – but in the process of writing it reveals itself to me.

Sometimes characters just appear – complete with names. I have no idea where they came from, all of a sudden they’re just there. And the name thing is weird – as soon as they have a name, I just listen to them tell me who they are. It’s like they’re alive and I’m just paying attention and taking notes. I’m not kidding.

So when I sit down to write I don’t really have any plan, I just pick up wherever I left off and let the story tell me where it wants to go next. It’s interesting and mysterious. I have no fucking idea what I’m doing but when I go back and read it it sure sounds like I do.

More later…