12 April 2011

J is for Joy

As folks may or may not know, April is the month for the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Today's letter is "J". I know we're not doing the challenge here, but based on posts and comments here in recent days, I thought maybe we needed a reminder of how great writing can be.

Writers--especially speculative fiction writers--create whole people, worlds, and cultures complete with their relationships and problems, out of nothing. That's power! Making something out of nothing! Okay... nothing but imagination, research, blood, sweat, tears, and lots of hard work. :)

But it is significant. And there's something so inherently human about telling stories, we've been doing it since there've been humans. Can't you just picture the cavemen and women sitting around the campfire, telling the story of 'the one that got away'? :)

When words are flowing onto the page, when one is possessed by The Muse, it's like a writer goes to another place, a world or zone of creativity. Of course that doesn't happen all the time, but that's one of the goals of a writer--getting lost in the zone.

When it happens, ...Joy.

So, how about you? Do you ever make it to The Zone? :) Any tips for getting there?


Catherine Stine said...

Oh, yes, usually after about an hour of trolling around online and 45 minutes of writing stiff sentences, it happens.
Magic. My fingers race along the keyboard, my coffee grows filmy and cold, and I could be writing in a jail cell or forest without being aware of my surroundings.
Hours go by and the next time I look at my watch it's dark out and time to leave the writing space.

lesleylsmith said...

Awesome, Catherine!
I wish I could get there without my version of the online trolling and stiff writing. :)
I'll see you in The Zone!

Kieron Heath said...

Stories tend to play out like movies to me. I tend to find it helps to match the music I'm listening to to the emotion of the scene I'm describing. I also sign lines of dialogue out loud to get a feel for them. I also prefer to remove distractions like the Internet and TV or I WILL watch them.

Anonymous said...

How appropriate! Now I can segue into telling you and your readers about another cool spec fiction blogger. "J" is also for my cousin, Jerome, who writes sci fi in the Yukon.

He's a former Clarion participant, has a PhD in English, and discusses interesting issues, such as the endurance of writers.

Please check him out at http://jeromestueart.com/