Apr 18 – Journal Entry

Oh my! I spent the entire day writing flash fiction for the discover prompt. Holy smokes! Several times I thought about stopping. Skipping the prompt altogether or writing something else in response.

I wondered if I’d bitten off more than I could chew. How is this damn story going to end? I figured it out. Felt like a 12 hr workday, in a good way. Glad I stuck it out.

The longer the story, the harder it is to keep track of everyone in the story. And also having to think about character personalities. I guess you should be figuring that stuff out before you start your story. In essence, it helped me to think about real people. The closer I am to the truth, the easier it is for me to write without stressing too much.

I didn’t even have time to make any online connections today. I couldn’t even re-open my Japanese book package. – Today I learned that:

  • I love to write more than I love to draw. Why do I even want to learn to draw anyway? 
    • I sit down to write, even when I feel I have nothing to say, and once I begin, the words pour out. Sometimes they make sense, sometimes they don’t. I just keep going.
  • I love to dance more than I love to run
  • I need to work on different ways of expressing myself – not using the same words, in the same way, all the time
  • I love the idea of being in love more than I want someone to be in love with

I did get a chance to do another one of my favourite things today. In between writing breaks, I watched Kill Your Friends. Loved it! Reminded me of American Psycho.

Back in 2015, my creative writing teacher told us, on the first day, “Everyone is a writer. If you have something to say, then you have something to write about. Start by writing for yourself.” I probably shouldn’t use quotes – he said something like that. He definitely said everyone’s a writer though.

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