A Frightening Thing
After reading one of my stories – (eom), published in the April edition of eFiction magazine (check it out!), a good friend of mine told me the inner workings of my mind frightened him. Really? Just because the majority of my short stories deal in destruction and mayhem… mmmm, he may have a point.
I took it as a compliment. Apparently, I don’t look like an ‘end of the world’ girl.
In all writing, a certain amount of crazy happens. Honestly, there has to be. From concept to publication, there are moments of joy, heartbreak and psychosis. Most of this is kept behind closed doors with only the dog to witness it. Crazy is what gets us through the moments of ‘stuck’. Flinging that ‘what if’ question around with abandon can cause the forward momentum we need. So what if your historical western is suddenly besieged with aliens. Isn’t that what happened with ‘Cowboys and Aliens‘? Seriously, letting our crazy out to play can take us in unexpected directions. So, the aliens don’t work out. That’s okay, you took a break and can now settle back into your vibe.
To me, the best writers are the ones who take a step (or two) outside their comfort zone. I’ve found working with my crazy makes me a better writer.