Here’s some poetry (or “poetry” depending on your perspective) for ya.
Untitled (as yet)
I only love you
It comes apart quite easily
The pieces of my heart
at my throat
in my fingers
tucked behind my ears
A futuristic gadget
But I’ve knocked the pieces loose
Revealed them to be numerous
When you hold my gaze
study the blue around your pupils
the creases in your smiling face
I want to be
what you like best
A grown up woman
No Sherpa required
breaking ground and turning back
to be sure your hand rests safe in mine
I climb our laughter
on ladders made from matching wood
I’ve no right to
beckon you forward
cast my furtive glance behind
stretch my fingers out toward you
I want to live inside the houses
built from beams of
our shared moments
Show me how to love quietly
Help me hide the parts away
Put it back
Pretend you never saw
Again, I’ve given you
that you don’t want.
by Me (Gianni, duh lol) 🙂
I recently read a quote by Robert McKee on the blog A Writer’s Path that reads:
“Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage, courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure. As you follow the quest for stories told with meaning and beauty, study thoughtfully but write boldly. Then, like the hero of the fable, your dance will dazzle the world.”
Fear is my greatest obstacle as a writer (and a person). My fiction tends to be about fear and the horrible things that inspire it, but I’ve recently been confronted with the idea of fear as it pertains to the act of writing. Fear is what makes writing difficult for me. I’ve talked about it with friends, my supervisor… Wanting to represent your ideas in a way that does them justice can create a paralyzing fear. You’re afraid of putting the ideas down wrong, so you decide not to at all. They can live in your head, perfectly, instead. That last option sounds easiest, doesn’t it? Well listen here: it may be easy, but it’s not nearly as satisfying as writing it all down.
I’ve had the story I’m working on now in my head for YEARS. The thing that stopped me from putting pen to paper was fear. I could see it all unfold like a film in my mind, but when I went to record it… I froze up. I didn’t want the ideas to come out wrong, so I didn’t put them down at all. Until now.
Write the words! I know it can be scary (and I’m posting this for anyone who feels this way) but you have to push through the fear. You’ll be so happy that you did and you’ll learn things about your characters that you never knew. I just finished rereading Stephen King’s On Writing, and it’s been a huge help. He has some unflinching views on writing and courses for writers, etc that I don’t necessarily agree with, but the book is still helpful. I just believe you have to find your own way to the material. Do what’s best for you and your writing, find the best way to make the words come out. Work through the fear! If you can manage that, you’ll be fine.
This is kind of a random post, but I wanted to write it.
Hope you’re having a good week!