Sunday, March 6, 2011

My Writing Muscles

John Thornton and BuckImage by Dunechaser via FlickrIt feels like it's been forever, but I wrote a short story today and my writing muscles are sore. I've been so out of practice that I had to sit for a few minutes and stare at my computer screen before the ideas would come.

I joke sometimes that I don't know where my inspirations come from, and often I'm right about that. But when inspiration does strike me, it hits me hard and knocks me backwards with its intensity.

One story that I started as kind of a random writing project to distract me from my more serious projects is called The Wild Ones. It's part dysptopian, part naturalism. I like to think that I've captured a little bit of Jack London in what I'm writing. Call of the Wild is one of my favorite books and his short story "To Build a Fire" gave me chills the first time I read it.

I want to be able to impart some of that bleakness and utter ruthlessness of nature to what The Wild Ones embodies. I struggled with maintaining my own voice and yet still exploring the twisted nature of humanity versus extinction. I'm not what one might call a "dark" person. I'm more rainbows and bluebirds than fog and crows.

But...somehow I can't get this story idea out of my head. I figure that I'll just have to write it out of there.

It's frightened me a few times to see what I've come up with. I think that may be a good thing, it means I'm writing something stronger than my own rationality. If I can out-write my own logic, I think I'm on the right track to really capturing something good.

Whatever the case, I set out to answer the siren call of the Wild and I wrote an introductory short story to The Wild Ones. The main character is a man who witnesses the end of the world as we know it. He's one of the first to return to the Wild.

In a way, he's Adam after the exodus from Eden, except I didn't give him an Eve. He's going to have to find her on his own. Or perhaps I'll go back in and write her in.

I haven't decided yet. I like the way the story ended, though, but I'm liable to change my mind. It happens more often than I would like.

Until next time...stretch those writing muscles!


  1. The short story sounds really interesting! and i get that feeling, too, sometimes, when i've written so much in one day i feel utterly exhausted of all other ideas. but isn't that what makes it so exciting? :)

  2. You are so right! Writing is one of the most rewarding and gratifying activities, at least for me anyway. :)

  3. when's Chapter 6 coming out?

  4. It'll be out, when it's out. Just be happy I joined your contest and wrote about the Wild. :) Haha!

  5. Azeela....Azila?

    Huh. And gee, I wonder who Carbon is...haha.

    Speaking of dark writing, I actually have to work at keeping it light. One of my stories was very very dark, the users kept telling me to lighten it up. haha.

    I love the wild ones. It's a great way for you to experiment with something different. If you ever need help turning your story a shade darker...Let me know.


  6. Oh believe me, I don't have any trouble writing about the darkness inside me. Haha! But you are welcome to offer me any advice you want, Tiger.

    I have no idea who Carbon is but he's stalking me around the big WWW. :D He kinda reminds me of this guy I know on YWS but his name is Hex, so it can't be him.


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