Emmie (angearia) wrote,

Writing: The mad need for The Story

Writer's confidence.  Isn't that an oxymoron?  It seems like creative types are (stereotypically) beset with insecurities about their creations.  I am no exception.  There might be one or two things I think I do well, but perhaps it's a sign of the writer's awareness of infinite possibilities (we need an active imagination to write) that requires that we always question if our creation is the best of all possible creations.  We're always comparing and contrasting and looking for meaning and symbolism, this analytical side that sharpens the critical eye and in this desire to be better, to create something to be proud, are not just as likely to tear down our creation for not being the best as we could imagine it to be?

It makes me wonder about other writers' creative processes.  What keeps you coming back for more?  Why do you write?  Because writing can be such a painful experience.  eowyn_315 recently linked to a great article discussing how you need to try to experience emotions to be able to sell the story, to make what you're depicting believable.  I describe this as method writing--I've made myself cry imagining the story as it's going to unfold, trying to experience the emotions of the other characters (I'm thinking mostly of Buffy and Lara here for TYSK).  What's the difference between telling a story and lying?  Or even in self-delusion compared to inventive imagination?  It's fascinating to take a step back and actually look at how I write from a distance because... well, it might appear to be madness.  To make yourself cry your heart out so that you understand what it feels like to cry your heart out...

Where does the need for a story come from?  Our relationship with stories is something we're introduced to at an early age, ingrained in us before we really have a conscious choice.  To teach us lessons, perhaps.  To get us to settle down so we can go to sleep.  To send us off to sweet dreams before we're tucked in at night. 

As children, do we even know the difference between a dream, a story and a lie?  In the end, it's all not-real. 

And perhaps here's where the madness lies.  Because I love the not-real.  Sometimes I love facets of it so ardently that it can appear to shine a more vibrant and brilliant hue than the real.  And sometimes the not-real can be more true than the real. 

I'd actually intended this post to discuss how we as writer's perceive our own work and our success at telling the story.  But this perception of The Story itself is fascinating to me.  There's so many perspectives to view fiction from--I find it endlessly fascinating.
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