Sunday, August 8, 2010

Welcome to the latest blog on life, liberty and writing. I make no promises about what gets said here by me or the potential long list of guests I may have strolling through. But what I do know is that if you're writing through Hell, keep writing. You'll come out on the other side.

This is gonna be a place on writing, music, life, and whatever else I deem relevant, so expect the unexpected.

Writing through Hell is any kind of writing that's difficult (pulling out deep emotional stuff, writing heavy scenes, etc.) or writing when life gets hard. That's the tough one. When shit's hitting the fan, how do you keep writing? Don't be shy about talking back. I'd rather this be an interactive venue than me rambling endlessly. You all have your ways and means of coping and it's possible that what you share is the very thing someone else needs to hear.

Here's my opening question: What does writing through hell mean to you and how do you keep at it?

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  1. Hi Gary. Well first of all, I have a sense of humor in my stories, which naturally happens, that has a tendency to counterbalance the heavy stuff, but when my work does get intense and difficult, (and I don't think the most intense and difficult of it has been published yet), I take myself out of the equation and look at this as writing that must be completed and that's all, as opposed to *my* story--a story by David Alan Richards that could personally bring me success or attention, personal acclaim, infamy, criticism--either negative or positive or money.

    I find just writing a story for the simple goal of completing it, frees me.

    Of course, then there's the trying to get it published and making a name for myself, and developing a following, and a good reputation; all of which I'm attempting to do, but am relatively uncomfortable with, but as far as just writing a story, taking myself out of the equation works.

  2. My personal hell has been severe illness. One of the things that kept my brain active was writing out what was going on, realizing if I kept some humor in it, the whole situation didn't seem so horrendous. The need to get out of bed and write something probably kept me sane. Hell was being sick. Writing dampened the flames.

  3. Writing through hell certainly describes my writing life the last couple of years as my personal life has taken some serious blows/losses.

    As in the past when its an incident that presses the flames close to my heart I resort to writing in my journal and find it really hard to write outside of that until some of the pain has dampened.

    My personal belief is that we're always writing in our subconscious so I've learned to stop worrying about the writing during the hellish times and know that when the flames die down and the ash blows away there will be strong seeds of writing waiting to flow.

    It is the light and dark that makes artists create, at least this artist.

  4. Hi Gary,

    It may sound like a cop out (or at the very least, boring), but I never think about writing through hell.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I've not/never had some kind of personal 'hell' to write through, but for me, writing is something which you either do or you don't.

    There are days, weeks even, when I don't write anything new, but I know those times will pass, just as I know there are days, weeks and even months when I couldn't stop the flow of writing if I tried.

    For me, the hell of not writing trumps any other kind :)

  5. writing through hell lately is when you write yourself into a croner and no matter how much you try, you can't write yourself out. This has been happening for over a month now. I think I may have to detour through peratory.

    Wait - that was disbanded. I am so screwed.