Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I'm a make-believer
I love this song. I'm not sure what Timo Maas was thinking about when he wrote this, but to me, it's about being a writer.
I don't just think up strange new worlds and characters and stories when I'm writing; I'm also a daydreamer. When I daydream, I see the world in my head, like a scene from a movie. There's no awkward dialogue, no gushy character descriptions, no ME intruding in the story. Perhaps this is my muse at her best.
When I write, I don't see the scene in my mind's eye, I just write. I'm not visualising the way a scene gets played out, that step seems to get missed between the process of thinking about what I will write and actually writing it. I'm beginning to wonder if I'm missing a critical step.
I know I'm becoming a better writer with practise. If I wasn't I would be worried. But my writing is still not as fluid as a daydream. I think the time it takes me to get a scene down is hindering the flow, and I've begun to wonder if I just took a step back, paused before I began typing, and tried to visualise the scene as a whole, see it before writing it, maybe it would be a better scene.
I'm revising a scene at the moment which has given me a few problems. My main character has just entered a strange world with an even stranger companion and she has a lot of questions. I want those questions to come out in a logical order without the answers sounding like info-dump, and my characters staying true to themselves. I've started trying to visualise this scene.
So far I've struggled to get the whole way through (it becomes a long scene in my head!) but it's helping me to know my characters better, and to know what they each would say in this situation. Once I've get that, I'll write it, and hopefully the disconnect between brain and fingers will be cured, and I'll have a smoother, more realistic scene.
Do you see your scenes when you write them? Or do you just write? And please tell me I'm not the only daydreamer around here! :)