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The Horse and The Cart

And then I read this:

Keeping a journal or notebook fosters the journal-writing skill, not the fiction-writing skill.
Caro Clarke; the writer’s notebook, or let’s not really write


From Ketutar Writing

Ah. I actually think Caro Clarke has a point.  At least I had a ‘flash moment ‘ when I read this.

“Oho, so that’s why I stopped writing fiction when I started journaling…” it’s true. I did. During my days and years in 12 step recovery, I would carry a journal with me everywhere – constantly examining my own feelings, explaining them to myself, processing them in clear text. I only wrote fiction or poetry those times when there was either an ‘overflow’ or I couldn’t get a clear fix ‘intellectually’ on what was going on. Or couldn’t verbalize my innards (inner kid) to myself. Then I would write stories about him or for him.

Instead of exploring my characters’ emotions and actions to understand my own or integrate them with myself, I turned the process on its head, and off course there would be no reason to explore my characters’ emotions and actions once I was directly exploring my own emotions and actions.

Several authors manage to write fiction even though they have a writer’s journal :-D Go ahead and do what ever you like. It’s not that your ideas get stale or die because you write them down in a journal. From Ketutar Writing.

Perhaps. I see your point. But I still feel sad for 15 years of fictional writing lost because I was told to bypass my fictional therapists…

I hope I can unlearn at least some, so the Horse is again in front of the Cart.


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<—There! See it? I WON! I did it!!

I wrote 50000+ words in a month!

Not bad guys! Not bad, for an old grumpy Bear. I am so proud of myself!

When I finally got what this NaNoWriMo thing is about, it was actually quite easy.

I just had to understand that writing a novel is all about stringing episodes together and that it doesn’t matter if the episodes ‘appear’ in order – the order can be sorted out once they have all been written.

Heck yeah, this was fun!

Now I am going to stand on the side-lines and cheer my wife on, she still has about 10k of words to write, and only three days to do it in.

But hey, she can do it. she has written 32000 words since the 13th. You should go and see her NaNo Stats – that recovery curve is mind boggling!


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