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Me--On Writing
9/11/2010 6:50:28 AM
My thoughts on my passion
Me, On Writing by j.d. daniels

As a woman needing to develop her wilder, independent nature, writing was my method for growth. Iíd free write in my journal or quickly write a poem or a short story and constantly ask: Who am I? Have I grown as an independent woman? What further work do I have to do? Iíd get others opinions, more interested in what they thought the piece was saying, than their close proofreading skills. Then Iíd rewrite and rewrite, all the while focusing on personal transformation while reawakening an imagination that had suffered through the years.
My non-fiction process, however, was and is, different. The biography I wrote was important to me because: 1. It fulfilled a desire to capture the story of a woman I admired. 2. The process of research and organization necessary was proof I could write something using the rational side of my brain that was not ďselfĒ or ďfree formĒ based. And, 3. Writing a proposal and receiving a grant from the Iowa Arts Council helped validate my place as a writer, something that was important for me at that time.
As a creator of novels, my work often began with a character or an image and a question. For example, once in Turkey I saw a deformed man with the face of a movie star on the street. He was walking using his balled up fists as feet. His back was curved toward the sidewalk, but his face was raised to the sun. I asked: What would it be like to be that personís mom or him? Each day, Iíd put down a sentence and see what happened. No plot outline, no sense of where I was going, no pointed exploration of a theme. Go with the flow was my motto. Such a high Iíd get and still do with this process. Iím a big believer that through process characters evolve, as do humans.
For years, I purposely did not study my craft. Oh, I read of course. Like all writers, Iím an avid reader, but I didnít want to be influenced by anyone elseís style, so I did not study technique. Craft , I decided, wasnít important. Putting words on the page was. That was enough. Gradually however, I came to believe that as a serious writer, I needed to know what I was doing, so if I chose, I could break the rules, something I advocateórule breaking and free flow. Iíve been studying the craft of writing fiction and non-fiction for some time now. By doing so, I believe Iíve become a stronger writer and certainly a better editor.
As the years passed, a fellow writer and friend suggested we write from prompts and see what happened: ďOh, I canít do that,Ē I assured her. That sounded too mechanical. Well, guess what? She won the discussion and she was right. Itís an excellent tool for a writer. Now, I use prompts often. So Iíve changed. I continue to learn. Learning is exhilarating.
I live my passion. Iím a lucky woman.



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