Saturday, February 17, 2007

On Writing with the Door Closed

I keep this quote from Elizabeth Berg pinned above my desk:

"It's important when you are creating something that material is sacred. It's between you and the page. Nobody else should be there in the room in your head. It's just you saying what you need to say. After that's done, then you need to make the decision about whether or not you want to let this be so public after all."
I totally agree. But then again, I'll cheat, too. There's something about writing that makes you want to share the sacred...to read a bit to your spouse, to tell a trusted friend your next plot point, to sneak an early chapter to critique.

When you write, be it an email, a diary entry, or a short story, who gets in your head? Who do you need to shoo away to get the creativity going?

4 Comments:

Blogger Kern said...

If your looking for a creativity jolt, stop by the Art Six Coffee House in Denton. (Sripture and Bryan) Guaranteed to get your creative motor started.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

On Art 6: fun paintings, cheap coffee, interesting reads from the creative writing crowd. A plethora of hats and facial hair. Definitely a creative jump starter.

1:46 PM  
Blogger dee said...

The biggest spark to my creativity is other writers. Just brainstorming and getting feedback on ideas makes me immediately want to run home and work on them. There's nothing worse than staring at that blinking cursor and having not one single idea as to how to move forward.

6:39 AM  
Blogger dee said...

Big news on the ghostwriting front. Send me an email and I'll give you the 411.

6:41 AM  

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