You’re annoying me now, where are you coming up with this great, tight little stories that seem to flow so naturally?? How do you stop yourself wanting to flesh it out? What’s annoying is that they don’t need fleshing out! How do you recognise that? Everything I write goes on and on and on. Like this comment.
Thank you for those kind words…………. and the short answer is, I don’t know.
Some days these things come at me in groups and then days go by and nothing.
Also, to be honest, these short pieces are heaps safer than committing to longer stuff….. I’m just not sure that I have what it takes to hold people’s interest for several hundred pages.
Non-fiction is easy….. I just write about the subject as a bunch of chapters until I run out of things to write about.
I give the finished product to a few friends who are interested in the subject, and I say ‘be brutal’, and they give it back with only minor changes, and they say that they enjoyed it!……….. see, easy (two years of agony type of easy to write my account of our home schooling adventure!)
Our state library takes two copies of my book, and it has never been on a shelf…. constantly borrowed…….. this is very encouraging, but home schooling is a small selective area of interest………. so I start blogging, and that goes well, lots of fun, lots of feedback…………. I figure people here will be gentle so I try fiction…… again a good reaction, some more so than others, and that’s ok……. sometimes stuff just comes to me, and other times I see a photo and the story is right there….. at least the beginning is, and it writes itself as I go along (which is fun, exciting and a little bit spooky).
And then it just stops.
As for ‘fleshing it out’.
When I wrote ‘Out There Waiting For You’ it was meant to stand alone and it came from Christian V’s amazing photo. As soon as I saw the shot, the story started to unfold and away we went. It was very short, but I was pleased with it, and it went up with only a little bit of polishing…………. I started getting comments like ‘we want to know what happens next’……. more than one comment and my missus agrees, she wants to know also…… so now the pressure is on, can I write a second act?
My first instinct is not to come up with a happy ending……. that is not how life is for most people, but my missus threatens me with all sorts of stuff if I don’t find a way to complete this to her satisfaction!
I put a lot of myself into this final part….. I press the publish button…. a few people comment, but it does not receive the reaction I was expecting……… isn’t that interesting?
I have always written stuff that I would like to read, so I’m constantly amazed by people’s reaction to it. I’m amazed when they like it, and I’m amazed when they don’t, and I’m confused when they are silent.
I guess this makes me a writer?
AND YOU THOUGHT YOUR COMMENT WAS LONG!!!
I want you to know how much I appreciate your comments. I take great encouragement from them.
Like everyone with an ego [mine needs its own postcode] I play the numbers game.
I get excited when I get a new follower, or I see a name I haven’t seen before in the ‘like’ column of a post, but the reality is that I’m excited that there are people out there who see a post from me and stop what they are doing and sit quietly and read it…………… how cool is that?
I have a list of people[yourself included] who I do that for. I don’t let these people’s posts go by without reading them. Sometimes this means that I miss sleep to catch up, and the thought that there are people out there who do that for me makes me proud.
It makes me want to do better, to learn more about this craft.
For the time being, I’m going to stick to these shorter pieces because I feel as though I have a few more in me yet.
If you got this far into my reply, I thank you for your patience, and I thank you also for making me think about all this stuff.
So there it is.
I’m not one of those people who is constantly chasing new followers, but I am grateful when they come along.
I am one of those people who appreciates the people who come back time and again and read, sometimes ‘like’, and comment when something strikes them.
My wife thinks it’s funny that I talk about my WP ‘people’.
It has been fun to discover so many talented people; artists, writers, thinkers and photographers [some of them all at the same time!], and it is exciting when they find me.
That is enough navel gazing for one day, but please understand how important you all are to me.