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Sometimes I sit down to write and the words just come pouring out of me. Other times, try as I might, I just can’t seem to get the words to come together. So what changes from one session to the next?
A few days ago, I read some notes that I had written for one of the series that I am working on and I got my answer. When I write based on pure emotion, that is when I do some of my best work, when the words flow so effortlessly. Is it technically perfect? No. There is always editing work to be done and punctuation and I have a bit of a love hate relationship. But the content has more depth, allowing the reader to get lost in that emotion.
Those times when I find it difficult to write are usually when I need to build a bridge connecting one swell of emotion with another. The transitional passages are my weakness. The origin and the destination are both great, but the journey between the two leaves something to be desired. The entire time I’m writing, my subconscious is asking “Are we there yet?” and the writing becomes robotic and lifeless.
I think this is why I have been writing so much poetry lately. Poetry, or at least my poetry, is all about emotion. It is about laying my soul bare on the page for all to see.
What is the driving force behind your writing? What fuels you to write with abandon?