Rhymer’s Blog on Life
I’m onto something, something huge. It’s big enough that I can already tell it’s gonna change my writing and life. It hit me yesterday, a small whisper from the Universe sharing with me one of its secrets pertaining to this craft, and now I’m splashing about the waters of philosophy as they fill my mind way too fast for me to filter efficiently. If you find this is difficult to follow, I don’t blame you. As I said, I’m in the process of organizing and learning.
Yesterday, Jayne'll eat your brain🧟 sent me a really helpful review, one that pointed out things of which I should be aware. But my mind took it a little further, trying to define my job as a writer versus the job of the characters, unaware of the treasure I was about to discover instigated by her words about creating a hook.
It’s a secret, I think, because I’ve never read in detail what I’m about to try and explain. I learned the basics of writing on my own, reading books and guides about how to become the perfect writer. They were perfect when it came to vaguely explaining an abstract idea, but when it came to identifying these aspects of which they spoke, they failed. “Find your voice,” they repeat, but they never begin down that road of how or why.
The secret is this:
Telling a story has no relation to writing a story.
See, I’ve always heard about writers finding their voices. It’s one of those things they teach in guides and instructions on the craft, but they don’t really go into what that means. I think maybe I always thought that the result of the writing, the revised and better-told story was the voice. That’s not how it works at all. No, the voice comes when the writer figures how to ride that line between telling a good story well and allowing the characters to tell their story their way.
What does that mean? Why is that important?
You can’t tell a good story until you move beyond being a writer of a good story. And until you can tell story, all you’re doing is writing it. You might have a story that’s well-written, but is it art? Does it really touch someone? Can we really find ourselves?
I don’t know exactly what all this means for me, but I know it’s the biggest realization I’ve had since accepting my place as a writer. Even if she didn’t mean to, I have to thank Jayne for instigating this spark, what I feel could be an epiphany for me.
Stay tuned…we can do this together, if you’re in the same area as myself. And if not, hopefully I can learn something you can take with you.