Two of them actually.
I saw Stephen King last night and I saw John Brown today. It was just the kick to the pants that I needed. Stephen King prefaced his Q&A session with his two most commonly asked questions, “Where do you get your ideas?” and “What was your childhood like?”
His idea answer was perfect. He’d find something fun to play with in his daily life. Something shiny that would be fun to play with. Where he got his idea for Cujo, for instance. It was so nice to hear someone has the same creative process as I do. And especially nice that someone with the same creative process as me had a room full of people cheering and clapping for old books in a huge back catalog.
Today, the Utah chapter of the RWA met with John Brown for a presentation. It was along the lines of what Stephen King said. It’s about triggering something in the reader’s mind, it’s about saying, “A Chevrolet” instead of “a sedan.” You have to make a real, actual place in the reader’s mind. Make it lean, make it vivid. Find the big important chunks. Don’t describe every little thing about a character, just the big identifying features. Something that makes them ping in your mind. Same for environments and objects. Make it stick.
Anyway, these two presentations I watched, well, it gave me that little push that I can do this. I can fucking do this and write my stories and share them with the world. My writing processes aren’t terribly different from theirs. I can do this. I want to do this, this is what I always gravitate to, this is where I belong.
And my second breakthrough (this is a 180º from writing): I think it’s my cortisol that’s making it hard for me to lose weight. The hubster is still doing his travel work and it’s rough on my little brain when he’s gone. I’m running the show, making all the decisions, herding dogs and babies and all that. My stress level is pretty high when he’s gone. There are some studies I’ve run across showing high cortisol levels can hamper weight loss and I’m thinking that’s probably what’s happening to me. And this is important because if I don’t lose this weight (another 15 pounds!) I have to send this asshole $50. I’m not sure how to fix this, but having a suspicion of what’s going on is a good first step.
Feels good to be figuring things out. And it is so nice to feel like I can do this, that I can be a writer and write and share these stories. I guess that means it’s time to get back to revision… 😦 heh
And one last thought: The idea there are no “rules” when it comes to writing is freaking out my little autism brain. I need and love my rules. But, here’s the rulebreakers, I guess. ha!