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.

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12 comments

  • I’ve discovered that if it’s not uncomfortable, it’s not interesting.

    • Exactly. I’m happy to be interesting.

  • ‘Tis true. I think, in part, writers are a bit on the crazy side because if nothing else: we’re the people that not only let our inner imagination out onto the page, but also throw that page into the public’s faces and scream “TAKE IT! TAKE MY THOUGHTS!” We’re the crackpots that WANT people in our heads, rather than others who want people out of theirs.

    • And my crazy comes honestly. 🙂

  • So true. Sometimes people think we are writing true stories, when really we are just playing with reality.

    • I like that ‘playing with reality’. 🙂

  • I love the dark side and find it more interesting than the light.

    • I surprised myself when I started playing in my apocalyptic playground. I’d always shied away from that direction. Now? I’ve had so much fun.

      • Me too. I thought it was too personal at first but then I realised it was authentic. I am glad you frighten him, 🙂

        • 🙂

  • I think I scare myself sometimes with the crazy that comes out of my twisted brain. But it’s so fun to let Crazy Creepy come out to play.

    • Oh yes. I like playing with my evil twin. It makes things that much more exciting. 🙂

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