Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Muse returns...

After many,many moons, I am coming back to several writing projects that I had previously walked away from. Well, walked away isn't really the phrase... run away, screaming into the night would be a better description. Writer's block is a horrible thing & when the Muse runs away, she runs away.

But the Mad Hatter that is my imagination seems to want to play again. And so, like a moth to a flame, I am back to my stories... (Why do I have the mental image of getting zapped with a bug light?... hmmm... anyway...)

The two stories that I'm working on right now are.... (insert drumroll.....)

My Star Trek series. Yes, I created my very own series with original characters and all. Why? Because I'm a dork. Do I need another reason? Oh, I do? For the challenge of it. I did it to see if I could. And let me tell you, its not as easy as one might think. It's a challenge (and I think the Prince of Darkness will back me up on this) to take a pre-existing cannon with its own quirks and personality and then put your own distinctive stamp on it.

This I have been writing in script form... which I find easier than any other, to tell the truth. I like writing dialog much more than I like the other stuff. I'm having fun with the characters and, honestly, sharpening my writing. I love Star Trek and this has been a wonderful outlet.

My Wendy-Lou read part of a first draft and seemed to enjoy it. ~ If she wasn't just lying to her bestest friend in the whole wide world to make her feel better.

The other story is my very own concept. Frightening, huh?

It's a sci-fi, of course, and has yet to see the light of day to anyone but me. It's gone through many changes since its inception. It's humble creator has been molding it, ever so steadily, searching for the right shape. The backbone of the story hasn't changed much. However, I have been experimenting with the format & trying to hammer out the theme and thread.

It's coming along, slowly... but it is coming along.

It's odd, but for the longest time I had lost my yearning to write. I just didn't care. Then, I couldn't seem to put a single word to paper. Like I said, writer's block is frightening for a storyteller. It is a chilling feeling when you're not able to do what your heart says you must.

But, as with the dawning of a new day, I can feel the passion for my stories building with the sunrise.

I don't know if any of this will ever be fit for public consumption. It's quite likely that I'll get hacked at my creation and go medieval on it before anyone sees it and throw it into the trash heap... then again, perhaps not.

We'll see.


Josh said...

Hey! That, *Mr.* Prince of Darkness to you, Miss. Apocalypse Queen!

I'd love to read your Trek draft.

Keep up the writing. A writer writes, always!


Miss Knotty said...

I've often found in short stories that I write pieces of dialogue first, and then flesh it out from there. I think there's an improv theory to that, called 'yes, and'. You basically talk, and when you stop, your other speaker picks it up and says, 'yes and, and then further expounds on your premise, and you go back and forth from this. It helps for positive reinforcement, and if stuff gets plain silly from the yes-ing and the and-ing, you stop there and write backstory, explaining the whys and wherefores (which, of course, requires more yes-anding. It's a vicious cycle.

Wendy said...

Taylor, o light of my life...
I would never lie to you. If I honestly thought that one of your stories stunk, I would tell you (as tactfully as possible)... of course, I would have to make sure I expressed this particular opinion only when I am sure that you don't have access to sharp pointy objects in which to hurl at my head. =p