Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Appreciate the Process

Just this today.

I'm writing short stories this summer, which is a difficult genre for me. I tend to ramble. I believe story telling should involve a little rambling detail. I come from a long line of skilled rambling story tellers. My Papa used to say, "Now I told you all of that so I could tell you this."

When he told a story, he included people's names and their relations. He included dialogue. He added colorful descriptions. He used onomatopoeia. He told the truth, with some embellishments on the side.

I keep thinking about my Papa's story telling ways while I write. The Internal Editor (a. k. a. Harpy) keeps saying, "That's too wordy" or "You're already at forty pages. How long is this going to take?" (Internal Editor just wants to get back onto tumblr and look at Jeremy Renner. Can't blame her.) I'm not just writing a story here. I'm experiencing something. I'd like to savor it as I go. Even if I have to cut it later, right now, I'm just enjoying the process of telling a story.

So I'm going to appreciate the process of writing. Every aspect of it, too: the rough draft, the dialogue, the revision, the proofreading. All of it. I change with every story I write. That's a process to appreciate all by itself.

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