My physical and mental health are not good. I write a poem here and a poem there but until everything is more stable, that’s all I’m going to do. No more pressure from myself to write a masterpiece. That’s just how it’s going to have to be for the foreseeable future.
I lose my breath again
Sifting through memories
Like mice underfoot
Running from grasping hands and dancing feet.
Run, little mice.
You’ll soon be lost to the trap of decay,
Too lost to find your way back.
It’s time for me to rejoin things.
I’ve begun writing poetry again, and reading a lot again, so I’m ready to pop up here again.
I’ve reinvented myself. Watch the corners. You wouldn’t want to trip.
I have large periods of time when I don’t feel like a writer. More specifically, I have large periods of time when I don’t want to be a writer at all. I can’t help it. It’s usually in reaction to big emotional shocks and times of stress. It’s linked to disappointment and disillusionment.
The thing is, writing is in my blood. Writing sits in the joints between my arms and wrists, in the joints between each individual finger bone. It breathes in my ear from the depths of my soul. There’s no way to avoid it. It claws and it howls, gnashing its teeth to remind me every moment that I don’t write that I’m missing something.
So the key to how to keep writing, even when you don’t want to do it? Just keep writing. Even when you think no one cares, when your books are unread, when you’re penning down thoughts and scenes for the void. Just Keep Writing. Keep writing, even when your compass is broken and you hate the world because clearly the world has betrayed you. The words will save you. Just keep writing.
Characters are what make or break a story. They drive the plot forward. You breathe life into your work through your characters. They are your bread and butter.
So what are they? For some, characters are individuals they create from scratch. Every detail is well thought out and designed. Every word and phrase is pondered over, sweated over, stressed over. Then there are others, like myself, who have a cast in their head. It’s only a matter of getting to know your characters and figuring out how they fit into each different story.
I’m of the opinion that writers and artists tap into other worlds and transcribe what’s already there sometimes. Obviously this isn’t the case for everyone, and this may not be a common belief.
So how do you flesh them out?
Here are five questions you can ask your characters, or answer with your characters in mind in order to know/design your characters better. In fact, the same questions you find to get to know strangers and form a bond are the questions you can ask your characters.
- If you could change anything about the world, what would you change? Why?
- If you could change anything about yourself, what would you change? Why?
- What do you feel is your greatest strength and why? How do you use your strength on a daily basis?
- What is your ultimate goal in life?
- Without naming the superficial aspects (name/job/etc.), who are you?
Happy writing, everyone! Do your characters’ responses surprise you?
TYPE OF MEDIA: TV Show
RATING (OUT OF 5): 5/5
GENERAL SUMMARY: The Gallaghers and their friends live a difficult existence. The Gallagher family is comprised of a group of children from infancy to young adulthood and their often absent alcoholic father and their absentee mother. This is a show about how they live and what they do to get by.
BEST: Their relationships and the love they all have for each other jumps off the screen. Their community is colorful and rich, even though they don’t have money. The character development makes the story real.
WORST: Their parents. I despise Frank (alcoholic dad).
COMMENTS: All in all, this is a good show to watch, especially to binge watch. It’s addictive so be forewarned. The drama is constant.
TITLE: The Good Place, Season 1
TYPE OF MEDIA: TV
GENRE: Sitcom, Comedy
RATING (OUT OF 5): 5/5
GENERAL SUMMARY: A woman ends up in “the good place” after she dies, due to a mix up of mistaken identity. She enlists her “soulmate” to teach her how to deserve being there and everything goes whacky.
BEST: The twist at the end. The premise. I enjoyed watching the flashback scenes of Eleanor’s life and all of the ways in which she was a bad person.
WORST: It gets pretty weird. I hated the way it ends but it leaves it open for the next season, and that’s a good thing.
COMMENTS: I plan on watching more as soon as they put season 2 out on Netflix, and I recommend it to others who will enjoy it.