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Monday, May 30, 2011

Writing Is NOT Like A Box of Chocolates: A Meme

Writing is like being god.

Not only for your characters, but for yourself as well. 

There's something in holding a storyline in your head that allows you to pull your mind back and see the bigger picture in things. See how the pieces fit, understand more than you realized possible. Patterns in your story emerge-- but the amazing thing is how you begin to see the patterns in your own life.

How you set yourself up, make yourself fall. Redeem yourself.

In the short time that I've been networking with other authors, I've never been more profoundly affected than through their stories of redemption. Trial by fire and perseverance-- that is what makes writing great. 

Writing isn't easy. If it was, everyone would do it. Everyone would be superstar authors. Most of us don't write for the fame or the money-- we write for the words that haunt our minds. For the places that need to see the page. For the characters who's lives are inexplicably tied to ours. 

We write to give those places, people and words a place to be born. To us, the real world-- our world, would be empty without them. 


Cherie of Ready. Write. Go. tagged me for this meme Writing Is NOT Like A Box of Chocolates. The goal is to come up with a metaphor--anything but chocolates--to answer the question, Writing is like...? I hope you enjoyed my own vision above.

The rules are simple:

*Come up with the metaphor.
*Tag 3 people.
I'm tagging these crazy people because I know whatever they come up with will be extraordinary.

1.) Kara Malinczak
2.) Kendall Grey
3.) Gina Lamm


KendallGrey said...

Writing is like breaking out of jail and stealing a getaway car. When I sit at my computer, my thoughts and dreams and ideas beat their way out of my head onto the keyboard. It's like they've been in there forever -- dying to get out. Once they finally make their escape, my questionable ideas (armed with character flaws and deep-seeded conflicts) have no choice but to do something naughty - steal a car, scare a baby, or club someone over the head with an amputated leg. That's just how my writing rolls. My ideas always do stuff I *don't* want them to, but in the end, I'm glad (and perversely proud) that they were naughty. :-)

Sylvia Ney said...

Great post! I like Kendall's comment also. ;-)

cherie said...

So BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE this. You totally rocked it, my friend! ;) I absolutely love your last para.

Have a great day, lovely!

Carissa Elg said...

Thanks for the comments, guys! It was fun to write!

@Kendall - I adore your post, too! LOL!

Daezarkian13 said...

Nice post, Carissa. It's true...some of us have little choice but to write. I tend to think of myself as more of a chronicler than a God, however... ;D

Carissa Elg said...

@Daezarkian13 - *Technically* I said writing is LIKE being god. ;)

Ella Gray said...

Both are great lines, Carissa and Kendall! For the record, I totally do write for the fame and the money.

Anita said...

So beautiful! I love how you can write so succinctly, yet put so much power into the words. And your metaphor is so true. Great job!