Monday, September 7, 2015

The Writing Zone


Maybe it's because I'm getting ready to release EXPOSED on Friday, but I'm thinking about voice these days. Most likely my brain is making the switch from marketing to writing. I haven't done much writing these last couple of months, but I can feel the need building inside. Great timing too, because my writing group starts a writing challenge this month.
"What writers hear, when they are trying to write, is something more like singing than like speaking. Inside your head, you're yakking away to yourself all the time. . . . What you are trying to do when you write is to transpose the yakking into verbal music; and the voice inside, when you find it, which can take hours or days or weeks, is not your speaking voice. It is your singing voice--except that it comes out as writing." (Louis Menand, "Introduction: Voices." The Best American Essays 2004. Houghton Mifflin, 2004) 
There's a magical zone I reach when I'm writing and it is an awesome place to be. Sometimes it's happens during the first draft when things are spilling out and kind of sort of making sense and you know it's good stuff. Other times too. But my favourite zone happens during the editing process. Usually around the second or third go round. You know exactly what each character would say, how they would react, you know their secrets, their strengths and their weaknesses. They know everything about them. And you can make them do anything. 

Any. Thing.

Okay, as long as it's fits their character and the plot.

Damn, that's a great feeling. Speaking of voice and writing and making music...

"And they came in waves. Streams of animals pouring like some liquid over the hilltops, expanding, contracting, spreading across ridge crests and passes. We followed for as long as we could each day, were overtaken when we camped for the night, and dragged our leaden limbs out of frosted sleeping bags in the morning, to start a day of trying to keep up, all over again." Karsten Heuer from first weeks Being Caribou

Also, I might be a tiny bit addicted to the reality television show, Life Below Zero found on the History channel.



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What's your favourite zone to be in?

5 comments:

B.E. Sanderson said...

Yay for Exposed coming out! I totally hear you on making the switch from marketing to writing. It's not an easy shift. Hear my gears grinding? ;o)

We watch Life Below Zero, too! We love most of those Alaska shows. Have you seen the new one on Discovery (I think) called Port Protection? Totally cool.

Karyn Good said...

OMG, I just caught a bit of Port Portection. Can't wait to see more. On Saturday I watched a The Last Alaskans marathon. I don't know what it is about these Alaskan shows, but I'm enthralled.

jblynn said...

I love the first draft zone. If I never had to enter the other zones I'd be perfectly content.

Exciting about Exposed!!

Karyn Good said...

Thanks JB. May your time in the first draft zone be fruitful!

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